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 with a rich, creamy palate showcasing the vibrant character of the 2021 vintage. Aromas of vanilla, lemon meringue, fresh peach and citrus dominate the nose with hints of pineapple and apricot in the background. The palate is medium to full bodied with a silky, buttery texture, balanced by soft citrus acidity. Flavours include charred lemon, orange marmalade and creamy vanilla. The ﬁnish is a rich creamy oak medley with balancing citrus acidity.
100% Chardonnay harvested in October from the Martin Vineyard in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-appellation of Niagara Peninsula. Fermented at cool temperatures in both barrel and stainless-steel tank: 50% new French oak barrels, 50% Tank) and aged for 10 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, October 2022