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Chardonnay Musqué 2019

Vineyard: Rosehall Run
Region: Ontario
Country:Canada

Tasting Notes 


The cool focused flavours shine on a razor-sharp spine of acidity and grip. The 2019 Chardonnay Musqué Small Lots has all the cut and density of Chablis with the mouth-watering aromatic salinity of seaside grown Albariño. While its fresh fruit is appealing now, this wine has the potential to age.

Varieties


Made with Chardonnay clone 809, which tends to show a more intense flavour profile. In France, it is often used for blending superior white burgundies, adding perfume and complexity, especially when unoaked.

Region


Nestled on a peninsula on the north shore of Lake Ontario, a short drive from Kingston, the Prince Edward County wine region sits on a bed of porous limestone. This is crucial for creating the mineral, brightly acidic wines the region is known for. The vineyards benefit from breezes off of Lake Ontario, keeping the temperature down on hot summer days and cool at night. “The County” was first settled in the late 18th Century and, after years of farmland agriculture, began growing grapes in earnest by the early 2000s.

Vineyard


There are two plantings of Musqué at Rosehall Run: ‘Vina de Casa’ ca. 2004 on the most northeast extremity of the property and ‘Woody’s Walk’ ca. 2002 immediately south of the Casa-a section. In total, there are almost 2300 vines, about one acre in total.

Winemaking


Carefully selected fruit from single vineyard parcels, resulting in wines of exceptional character and a unique sense of place. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel.

Cellar Profile


Dan Sullivan of Rosehall Run has succeeded at crafting elegant PEC wines for over 20 years, focusing on highlighting the specific terroir of the County and creating some of the best examples of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world. Dan received the “Best Red Wine in Ontario” medal at the 2020 Ontario Wine Awards for his signature JCR Pinot Noir 2018. Sitting on the “Hungry Point” isthmus, surrounded by Lake Ontario on 3 sides, the vines dig deeply into the rocky, calcareous limestone soil. The long sunny days and cool evenings of the region, along with the high acid levels and low pH of the estate soils, ensure Rosehall wines are never lacking in freshness and structure. It is this kind of nervy tension that allows for the production of sublime sparkling wines, both traditional method as well as tank-fermented sparklers, including the exceedingly popular “Pixie” brand. The key to Rosehall’s success is its attention to detail in the vineyard. Sullivan believes that he simply bottles what the vineyard gives him. Yields are infinitesimally small compared to other wine regions, made smaller still by careful selection. Grapes are harvested at full phenolic ripeness, made difficult by the sometimes slow ripening and by the inherent climactic dangers of long hang times.

Wine Type: White

Variety: Chardonnay

Classification: VQA

Orientation: combination of North and South facing slopes

Appellation: Prince Edward County

Gradient: 10 degrees

Soil: Hillier clay and calcareous limestone

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: 3 g/L

Alcohol: 12.5%

Malolactic: Partial

Bottle Size: 750 ml

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan