The earliest plantings of our Chardonnay vines date back to 1978. The maturity of these vines and their offerings validate Ontario as a leader in producing traditional Chardonnay wines.
This chardonnay was aged in neutral oak barrels to allow for the development of a richer texture while preserving the bright fruit character of the wine. This resulted in a wine with rich fruit forwardness and a bright acidity.
The palate is full of the fresh fruit character, which is to be expected of a younger wine. Flavors of lemon and golden delicious apple dominate, while a fresh minerality can be found layered underneath notes of strawberry and rhubarb. That hint of minerality suggests that this is a wine that will continue to age beautifully for years to come.
This Old Vine Chardonnay would go well with lighter proteins, especially those with a healthy fat content. The bright acidity and mineral character of this wine perfectly compliments richer offerings such as pan-fried chicken thighs, shellfish – or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous – escargot. Excellent cheese pairings would include Brie, or medium cheddar cheeses. Go for those cheeses with other flavors to provide a contrast to the wine, such as smoked cheeses, or those with a bit of bite.