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 crisp lemon acidity. Flavours include vanilla, melon, peach and Macintosh apple. 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.
Mostly Chardonnay with a small amount of Semillon to give the wine added structure and complexity. Grapes were partially hand harvested from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula on October 12th at an average of 21.2 Brix. Grapes were crushed and fermented at cool temperatures in a combination of barrel and stainless-steel tank. The wine was put into barrel and aged for 8 and months on the lees.
During this time, full malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur.