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On Seven The Devotion Chardonnaytext
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On Seven The Devotion Chardonnay 2018

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaOn 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 in 2014. The heavy clay loams are laced with calcareous deposits, and sloped north to maintain freshness. The philosophy from the beginning was to be 100% organic certified, and produce wines with minimal intervention. Wines are native fermented with no fining agents, and SO2 is added only at bottling. This was whole cluster transferred to French oak barrels (20% new, 80% neutral) for native fermentation and 18 months aging. This is the first release of The Devotion, and is a barrel selection. More structural than their Pursuit On Seven, though this shares its sibling's lemon cream that dominates the palate. Green apple, lemon blossom is braced with veins of flint and finishes with a toasty spice. There's a perfumed corn note on the mid palate, and a very long broken stone that lingers on the finish. This serious wine is beauty now in youth, though is quite cellarable.Tasted: 22 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 65.00 winery direct Producer: On Seven Estate WineryDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Chardonnay