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Hungry Point Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
Rosehall Run
Region: Ontario
Country:Canada
Awards

90-Vic Harradine
Tasting Notes

Medium weight. Bright citrus fruit and white flower aromas on the nose. Lemon zest, peachy fruit and grape flavours, with lingering juicy acidity and light vanilla bean on the finish.
Varieties

Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted, with the most highly regarded expressions of the variety coming from Burgundy and California. Climate plays a major role in dictating which fruit flavours a Chardonnay will have. Broadly speaking, warm regions such as California tend to give more tropical styles. While many Chardonnays have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety’s intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in oak barrels contributes notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon. Extended lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavours.
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

All of the Chardonnay in this wine is grown at Rosehall Run from vines planted between 2002 and 2007 with a healthy proportion (25%) of Chardonnay Musqué.
Winemaking

This Chardonnay was fermented cold in stainless steel to preserve the aromatics and fresh fruit character. Bottled April 2018.

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

Malolactic: Partial

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable