2019 Stonebridge Chardonnay Reserve East
**Gold Medal Winner at Chardonnay du Monde 2023 in France**
This wine is made from Chardonnay clone 76 from the east side of the Stonebridge Estate vineyard, Block 14. The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and kept clonally separate, then pressed and wild fermented in French Oak barrels. The low-intervention, wild fermentation took 2 months to complete in 33% new French oak puncheons and barrels. Wine completed its malolactic-fermentation at its own pace. This small batch was aged a total of 22 months in barrel before bottling. Only a small fraction of barrels were selected for this reserve batch.
Wine has developed a complex nose of citrus and apple and hints of quince supported by a well blended bouquet of spices and vanilla. The acidity is fresh, hinting a long finish.
Single Vineyard. Vegan Friendly.
Appellation: Four Mile Creek, Niagara-on-the-Lake, VQAO
Barrels: Primary, malolactic fermentation and elevage were all completed in the same barrels, 33% new French oak Billon barrels
Alcohol: 13.8 %
Cases Produced: 162 cases (including 36 magnum bottles)