Ahead by a Century Chardonnay was originally created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Tragically Hip’s 5th album – Trouble at the Henhouse which debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart 20 years ago, stayed #1 for 4 straight weeks and has been certified 6 times platinum.
A delightful balance between fruit and oak. Lush aromas of vanilla, coconut and floral spice mix with cantaloupe, pear and melon. The palate is medium to full bodied with a silky, buttery texture, balanced by soft citrus acidity.
Flavours include vanilla, peach, ripe apple and crème brûlée. The ﬁnish is a rich creamy oak medley with balancing citrus acidity. Drinking well now, this wine can be aged a further 2 - 4 years for added complexity.
100% Chardonnay harvested in October from 2 vineyards on the Niagara Peninsula. Grapes were crushed and fermented at cool temperatures in both barrel and stainless-steel tank. Half of the wine was put into new oak (100% French) barrels and aged for 8 months on the lees. The lees were stirred up periodically while aging. During this time, full malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur. Blended and bottled under screwcap closure, May 2020.