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Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnaytext
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Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaHidden Bench is one of Canada's preeminent chardonnay producers, and this Chardonnay comes off their organically farmed Felseck Vineyard, on their Beamsville Bench estate. 60% of the fruit comes from 1992 plantings, with the balance of younger Dijon clones. This was whole bunch pressed and native fermented in a mix of French oak (82%, 17% of which was new) and concrete egg, where it remained for 10 months prior to blending and resting in 228L barriques and stainless steel barrels for an additional 4 months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Though very much in youth, this is lit with limestone, basing green apple, bosc pear, and a generous pad of lees, reflective of the warmer 2018. You can feel all the pieces here are not yet fully knit, but like most teenagers, will come together seamlessly with some more time.Tasted: 02 September 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 40.00 winery direct Producer: Hidden Bench Vineyards & WineryGrape: Chardonnay