Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard | VQA — St David's Bench$28.95 750mL Bottle | $347.40 Case
Paul Bosc and Amélie Boury's Winemaker's Notes
This wine is from Paul’s home vineyard and made the way he was taught: barrel fermented, barrel aged and regular stirring of the “lees” for one year in French oak barrels. The finished wine is classic old world style; full-bodied and complex with nuances of citrus, melon and popcorn butter. It’s ready to drink now, but will continue to develop in the bottle for a few years.
Miguel Fontalvo's vineyard manager's Notes
Chardonnay is still the most widely planted white grape variety in the world, as well as here in Niagara. It’s a workhorse in the vineyard but to coax the best out of the grapes you need to be hands-on and meticulous. We carefully limit the yield on these vines to help concentrate the vine’s work on fewer bunches. We also select the best bunches on each vine and remove the rest then we expose the bunches on the East side of the rows in late August then the West side in September and we will remove individual berries from the hanging bunches if they are not up to par.
At the same time we are mindful of our footprint on the land. Our sustainable practices include never using herbicides; we control weeds by tilling them into the soil where they add nutrients; our cellars are geothermal environments where heating and air conditioning are not needed at any time during the year. These are just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices both in the vineyards and in the winery.