Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2020

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The Chardonnay from Claystone Terrace comes from the western part of the vineyard where the proportion of clay and limestone is well suited to the climate, which results in a long hang time so that the grapes can achieve optimal ripeness. Overall, this wine is typical of its terroir showing dominant minerality along with a powerful, ripe palate.

This is a thrilling Chardonnay from beginning to end with a savoury and saline nose of gunflint, fresh pear, apple skin, zesty citrus, lifted and elegant spice notes and all tightly wound and ready to further spread its wings with a bit of time in the bottle. There is depth and power to this sturdy, unique Chardonnay on the palate with more of that saline/flintiness, tension and verve driving the pear/quince fruits, lemon curd, subtle creamy notes, and texture from a deft touch with the oak. There is this lovely vein of savouriness through a finish that is long and finessed. A beautiful expression of terroir-driven Niagara Chardonnay.