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Hidden Bench Winery Estate Chardonnay 2010 Wine Review

Hidden Bench Winery Estate Chardonnay 2010

Hidden Bench Winery Estate Chardonnay 2010

V.Q.A. Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada

Community Score: 4.6/5

Community Reviews: 1

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Price: $32.20

Drink: 2014-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml



 

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Organic wine


Winery: Hidden Bench Winery

Agent: Le Sommelier Inc.

Product: 308577

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Natalie's Score: 91/100

One of the best chardonnays being produced in Niagara. Gorgeous richness, yet balanced and complex. Aromas of green apple and toasted almonds. Full-bodied and satisfying.

Chardonnay food pairings: fresh seafood, sauces with cream, roast chicken.

This was reviewed August 3, 2012 by

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The Chardonnay vines for this wine were meticulously maintained to showcase our Beamsville Bench terroir. All grape bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set by completely removing leaves on the East side and partially on the West side of the canopy to maximize ripening. Green harvesting – the removal of under-ripe bunches – was performed at the first sign of colour change in berries from green to gold. This is known as véraison. A meager 17hL per hectare was harvested (1.2 tons per acre) in 2010.
All fruit was handpicked, sorted and whole bunch pressed to yield the most pure juice. After cold settling for 48 hours, the juice was racked, warmed and then transferred to barrel. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts reaching a peak of 22-24 degrees Celsius. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and all barrels were stirred weekly during aging. The barrels for this wine were selected and blended on July 13th, 2011, and filtered before bottling in September.

The wine shows a rich, golden colour, with a perfumed nose of orange blossom and citrus oil. The mid-palate is rich, concentrated and creamy with hints of hazelnut and allspice. Oak is subtle and well integrated. We recommend you serve this wine at approximately 10°C.

Harvest Dates: 21st to 27th of September, 2010
Brix at harvest: 21.8 – 22.5
Blend and grape source: 100% organically grown estate Chardonnay from the Locust Lane, Felseck and Rosomel Vineyards

Oak regime: 100% French Oak: 20% New, 20% 2nd Fill, 33% 3rd fill, 32% 4th fill
Time in barrel: 10 months
Bentonite fined and Filtered
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