2020 Inniskillin Single Vineyard Series Montague Chardonnay
2 In Stock
The entire 2020 harvest was early. It started early and ended early, with harvest dates for each variety that were all notably earlier than normal. Harvest started on August 27th with early red hybrid varieties. Autumn was brilliant – warm, sunny, and very little rainfall, providing great conditions for harvest. Yields were down on all varieties (about 10-20%), but quality was excellent. The warm, sunny days and cooler evenings allowed the grapes to develop phenolic ripeness without any breakdown. Not unexpectedly, the warm, dry growing season for the vines produced grapes with high sugars and low acids. Unfortunately, the overall yield was negatively impacted, with most varieties down between 10-20% of expected tonnage. Early November brought almost summer-like weather for more than a week, allowing us to finish up harvest with great picking conditions.
Harvested from our Montague Vineyard in the sub-appellation of Four Mile Creek, the grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Allowed to cold settle overnight the juice was transferred to new and older French Oak barrels where it fermented at 18C for 11 days until dryness. The wine then went through a partial malo-lactic fermentation and was allowed to age for 8 months before racking to a stainless steel tank.
This classic single varietal wine shows aromatics of toasted vanilla and spice, while flavours of pear, green apple and melon contribute to a long smooth finish.
Food Pairing Notes
This Chardonnay pairs well with any full fat cheeses or a triple cream brie with an assortment of crackers and meats.
(Dec 4, 2017 at 2:27 PM)
This is my favourite bottle of Chardonnay. It is very easy drinking and great for relaxing at the end of a long work week. 5/5, would recommend to anybody looking for wine suggestions.