Chardonnay Musqué 2019
Rosehall Run
Region: Ontario

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: 3 g/l

Alcohol: 12.5

Malolactic: Partial

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan