2007 Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee
Bright and golden pale straw colour. Very elegant nose of lemons, yellow grapefruit and a wet stone, chalky minerality. A rich and powerful palate shows beautiful purity of fruit with well-integrated oak and smokiness. The 2007 Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay has great length and excellent aging potential.
We exposed all bunches to sunlight at fruit set with leaf removal on both sides of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening. Green harvest was performed at the first sign of véraison and we left only the best bunches that were well exposed to sunlight to promote fruit ripening, concentration of flavors and the expression of the Beamsville Bench terroir. The grapes were handpicked, sorted and gently whole bunch pressed. The juice was cold settled for 48 to 72 hours and then racked off, warmed and then transferred to the barrels for fermentation. The wine was fermented with native yeasts, with ferments being allowed to reach 24-26 degrees Celsius. Lees were stirred weekly during ageing. The wine was blended in December 2008 and aged in stainless steel until bottling. The wine was not filtered before bottling.