The Vintage: The 2019 Vintage was a wild ride for Niagara, the season started with a cool, wet spring that put the vintage generally behind by about two weeks across all appellations. The peak summer months were warm and sunny, with several heat waves that brought high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario, and with some disease pressure in the vineyards. The harvest season was chaotic weather wise, with warm spells in September, intermitted rainy periods and sudden cold snaps in October and November, keeping winemakers on their toes.
Tasting Notes: Chardonnay Musqué is an aromatic mutation (clone) of the world's most famous white-wine grape, Chardonnay. This wine is fresh fruity and decidedly crisp with balancing sweetness on the palate. Upfront aromas of peach, apricot and pear dominate the nose, with hints of citrus. The palate is rich and round with Niagara tree fruit flavours and tropical notes of guava and mango, wrapped up in a crisp citrus finish.
Technical Notes: 100% Chardonnay Musqué Gapes were harvested at an average of 20.7° Brix from a single vineyard in Niagara. The grapes showed excellent character, with a delicate acidity balancing out the grapes sugar and excellent fruit flavour was evident. The grapes were immediately crushed and pressed at the winery. The juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks with no secondary malolactic fermentation. After time to age and settle in tank, the wine was filtered and bottled as soon as it was ready for maximum freshness on January 27th 2019.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Musqué
Appellation: Niagara Peninsula
Residual Sugar: 10g/L
Acid: 7 g/L