Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2020
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.