JCR Chardonnay 2018

Vineyard: Rosehall Run
Region: Ontario


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Tasting Notes 

Full-bodied with bright citrus and tasty almonds on the nose. On the palate, fresh lemon, green apple and toasty vanilla characters. Hints of minerality on the finish.


Climate, terroir and winemaking procedures play a great role in the flavours and textures of Chardonnay. Using Dijon clone 76, 95 and 96 brings smaller berries, earlier ripening and very expressive aromatics.


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.


Entirely grown and selected from the North Block, planted in 2001 and 2002.


The juice was settled and racked to barrel for fermentation and élevage for 16 months in large 500L tight-grained, predominantly French oak puncheons. Ultimately, the cuvée selected was approximately 50% new oak with the balance second fill French and Russian wood.

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: 3.8 g/L

Alcohol: 12.5%

Malolactic: Yes

Bottle Size: 750 ml

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan