VQA Twenty Mile Bench
Robyn's Block Estate Vineyard, 28 Year old vines, Vertical shoot positioning, Shoot thinned, Leaf thinned, Hand harvested,Organic and Biodynamic farming practice.
Winemakers Comments -
This flagship Chardonnay comes from Robyn’s Block, the oldest of our estate Chardonnay plantings. 2011 saw warm, sunny days and cool nights which resulted in extraordinary flavour development. This wine was fermented and aged in 100% French Oak barriques. A year in barrel was followed by a six months in stainless steel before bottling. On the nose, this complex wine delivers notes of pineapple, citrus zest and a hint of wet stone. On the palate, it delivers crisp fruit coupled with a lush, full, and slightly creamy mouth feel. A wonderful, lingering finish completes the experience! Enjoy this wine now, or cellar for 7- 9 years.
Reviews and Accolades
Certified organic/biodynamic, it was hand-harvested from 29-year-old vines, barrel fermented and aged 12 months in small French oak barrels followed by six months in stainless steel before bottling—it’s one of Canada’s top drops. Faint floral notes mingle with aromas of chalky minerality and pit fruit. It bathes the palate with a riveting wash of key lime, steely mineral tones and lip-smacking citrus tang. It’s medium bodied with generous texture and a lingering, austere finish and aftertaste that’s nicely balanced with orchard fruit peeking through wisps of oak. A stellar wine at this stage, it will no doubt improve in bottle over the next decade. 5*/5, Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com
Tawse Robyn’s Block Chardonnay 2011 ($46, 94 points) — Robyn’s Block is the oldest (29 years) of the estate’s Chardonnay plantings in the Twenty Mile sub-appellation. With each passing vintage, this certified organic-biodynamic wine just keeps getting better. The nose is focused and finessed with fresh citrus, touches of green apple and quince, wet stone and a floral note that all rises above the subtle oak spices. The crisp and zesty lime-citrus fruit and minerals glide on a razor sharp beam of mouth-watering acidity and light up the palate. This is pure elegance in the mouth, a complex array generous (but never weighty) fruit flavours that are balanced out by a wisp of spice that build in intensity through a long, long finish. This is irresistible now but will continue to give pleasure for five or more years. A brilliant Chardonnay made without a heavy hand in the cellar. Rick VanSickle winesinniagara.com
Allow this wine to show its characteristic finesse by serving it with food of medium weight and intensity. Carefully seasoned filet of beef or pork, roasted chicken with herbs, or duck confit are great choices. Also try stuffed turkey or cedar-plank salmon.
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