Wine Region: Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Ontario, Canada
Grapes: Chardonnay 100%
Pale gold in colour, the 2017 Estate Chardonnay is bright and lively. Lemon zest, orange blossom and fresh apricot on the nose are supported with a hint of toast. Medium-bodied on the palate, it remains fresh with elements of Bartlett pear and clementine. Drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to evolve in bottle for the next 5-7 years.
92 points, John Szabo, MS, www.winealign.com Year after year, Hidden Bench's blend of their three estate vineyards is among the most reliably impressive Canadian chardonnays. This 2017 is a topsy-turvy ride of ripe and tart fruit, sweet and fresh, lively and unctuous, with no obvious influence from oak aside from the creamy, lightly leesy texture that barrel fermentation and ageing often entails. I like the walk between density and liveliness, coming across as neither lean nor fat, just finding a happy milieu in the comfort zone. There's genuine depth of flavour here, the kind that only comes from low yields and careful farming. Admirable consistency. Drink now-2024.
90 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine | Gold Medal, 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada | Silver Medal, Chardonnay du Monde 2019
About the Winery
An Experience to Savour | Our critically acclaimed estate winery lies nestled in the heart of the picturesque Beamsville Bench. Here we craft premium wines using only certified organic estate fruit with sustainable, non-interventionist winemaking techniques, that have a sense of place and time. Santé
Fruits of Our Terroir | The term "Grown, Produced and Bottled" found on our label finds its true meaning at Hidden Bench Estate Winery where we craft only 100% estate grown wines in two series: the Estate Series which are blends of all 3 of our vineyards and the Terroir Series which are single vineyard and/or barrel selection, limited production wines.
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