The Pursuit On Seven Chardonnay 2019

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On Seven is a relatively new boutique Niagara winery owned by passionate wine aficionados Vittorio & Sula De Stefano. The De Stefanos bought an abandoned 7 acre vineyard (hence the name) in 2009 in Four Mile Creek, and under the guidance of consultant viticulturist and founding winemaker Peter Gamble, prepped the site for 3 years before replanting organically in 2014.

This is primarily Dijon clone 76, planted 2014, with a small percentage of grapes from their 2015 planting of Dijon clone 95. This was whole cluster transferred to French oak barrels (25% new) for native fermentation and 20 months aging. Creamy and ripe, with cream, lemon curd, baked yellow apple, green apple, pear blossoms and toasty spice caressing the full palate, one lined with downy lees. The green apple backbone and subtly buzzy energy hints at some years ahead.