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Review 2016 Old Vine Chardonnay

2016 Old Vine Chardonnay

(C$24.95 Incl. tax)
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.
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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.

On the nose, notes of vanilla, caramel and flambéed bananas are most prominent. Flavours of fleshy lemon and stone fruit dominate, while a fresh minerality can be found layered underneath notes of ripe pineapple. Aged for twelve months in oak, there is a long and smooth finish that balances out the initial fruit forwardness of this wine. 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 flavours to provide a contrast to the wine, such as smoked cheeses, or those with a bit of bite.

Varietal Vineyard Appellation Fermentation
100% Chardonnay Estate Beamsville Bench Aged in French Oak, 12 months
Release Date Alcohol Residual Sugar Cases
June 2018 14.1% 6.3 g/L 533