Chardonnay 'Sans Soufre'

  • 2015
The grapes are sourced from a variety of sites on the Beamsville Bench in Niagara. Gentle, whole-cluster pressing of the fruit into horizontal stainless steel tanks where fermentation starts with ambient yeasts. Fermenting juice is then transferred to 500L French oak barrels to complete ferment. About 30% new oak, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill. Wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was bottled unfined and unfiltered, with no sulphur addition. The 2015 vintage provided us an amazing opportunity to make a wine with zero sulphur added (from a global standpoint we use very little in all our wines). This wine is one of the most exciting and intriguing wines I have ever made. It draws you back to the glass like my favourite white Burgundy's, each sip slightly different but equally intriguing.
Sometimes, less is more. This is the inaugural bottling of Chardonnay with zero sulphur addition. After a rocky spring, threatened with a late frost in May, 2015 proved to be a fine growing year. The fruit was clean, displaying beautiful phenolic ripeness, perfectly in balance with the fresh natural acidity. 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.