2020 Inniskillin Niagara Estate Series Unoaked Chardonnay
Unoaked Chardonnay shows aromas of lemon lime and vanilla cream. Tropical flavours of melon and pineapple and a smooth finish on the palate round out this well structured wine.
The 2019 harvest was predictably late in getting underway, starting September 6th. The sunny, cool weather and low humidity that kicked off harvest allowed the fruit to develop phenolic ripeness for an extended period without breaking down. There was an unusual and early cold snap in mid-November, along with close to 30 cm of snow on November 11th. Growers were confronted with some challenges as they navigated machinery through snowy vineyards, but prevailed successfully and wrapped up harvest on November 26th.
The grapes for this classic varietal were harvested from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. After gently crushing, the juice was allowed to settle and clarify then inoculated and fermented cool in stainless steel for 16 days. The resulting wine shows true varietal character for Niagara’s unique terroir.
Pear and ripe apple are abundant in this varietal wine. A crisp acidity and pleasant finish round out the palate.
Food Pairing Notes
The Inniskillin unoaked Chardonnay pairs very well with poached herb chicken; roasted apple salad with walnut and baby lettuce; cauliflower & brie soup; parsnip & cheddar soup.