2027 Cellars Grimsby Hillside Chardonnay 2020
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The Grimsby Hillside Vineyard is one of the sites where vines were first planted in Niagara, with the first harvest of grapes here in 1874. It was previously the vineyard of early Niagara wine pioneers Grimsby Wines Limited and Parkdale Wines and is being rediscovered as a unique terroir in its own right. The fruit for the 2027 version is hand harvested, whole cluster pressed, wild fermented (but no malo) and aged for 18 months in 20% new Burgundian oak. It’s tightly wound right now, but let it breathe and notes of fresh pear, saline/flinty minerality, apple skin, bergamot, and a lovely, balanced approach to the oak spice accents emerge. It opens up on the palate and shows some weight with richer pear, yellow apple, toasted almonds, vanilla bean and spice, flinty/stony notes and pure elegance and finesse on the lifted and long finish.