Cuvee "Des Amis"

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2010
Due to a devastating late spring frost (May 23rd!), we lost most of our County crop in 2015 resulting in a minuscule yield of County grown Chardonnay. The resulting grapes acquired beautiful phenolic ripeness, perfectly in balance with fresh natural acidity and were bottled under our “Cuvée des Amis” label. Chardonnay was grown on 5 separate sites, all within 2km of the winery. Clonal selection was 80% clone 76 and 20% clone 95. The idea of blending the sites is to build complexity and richness from slightly different terroirs. Gentle, whole-cluster pressing of the fruit into horizontal stainless steel tanks where fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts from each individual vineyard block. Fermenting juice was then transferred to four 500L French oak barrels to complete ferment. The new oak component being 25%, the rest being 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill. Larger format barrels are used as a medium for better oak integration. Wine spent 12 months in oak before being transferred to stainless steel, on lees for an additional 10 months. The wine went sulfur free for 18 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered with a minimum sulphur dose before bottling.
This wine has a complex nose of citrus, hints of brioche, and a decidedly saline quality. The palate gives classic cool-climate Chardonnay flavours of lemon peel, stoniness, exhilarating acid and a long, lingering finish.

$8000

Including Tax

Made with 100% County Chardonnay wine truly expresses the great vibrancy and minerality of Prince Edward County limestone. The wine was fermented and aged in French oak as with our County Chardonnay 2014. This wine was bottled unfiltered, unfined and released exclusively in magnums.
The most pure example of PEC soils: this mineral driven Chardonnay has lovely aromas of citrus and bright, vibrant acid on the palate. Bottled only in magnums and aptly named Cuvée des Amis – a wine to be enjoyed and shared with friends.
Made with 100% County Chardonnay this single (8 year old) 500 litre barrel truly expresses the great vibrancy and minerality of Prince Edward County limestone. The wine was fermented and aged in French oak as with our County Chardonnay 2012. this wine was bottled unfiltered, unfined and released exclusively in magnums.
The most pure example of PEC soils: this mineral driven Chardonnay has lovely aromas of citrus and bright,vibrant acid on the palate. Bottled only in magnums and aptly named Cuvée des Amis – a wine to be enjoyed and shared with friends.
This is our first ever single-barrel wine. 100% County Chardonnay. Made with 100% County Chardonnay this single 500 litre barrel truly expresses the great vibrancy and minerality of Prince Edward County limestone. A Burgundian style Chardonnay bottled only in magnums and aptly named Cuvée des Amis – a wine to be enjoyed and shared with friends.
Vibrant and concentrated, this full bodied Chardonnay shows white peach. Suggested Drinkability Window: Now through 2016.