Southbrook 2013 Triomphe Chardonnay VQA Niagara Peninsula $22.95
Vintages Item # 172338 | Release Date: December 6, 2014
Ann Sperling, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, Southbrook “The 2013 vintage was a cool growing season in Niagara, and ideal for producing delicious and classically styled chardonnay. Working with our organic growers and their old vines gives me grapes with natural balance, freshness and persistence: “all the right stuff”. “
90 Points David Lawrason, WineAlign.com “This is a very well structured, balanced organically grown wine with focus, some richness and fine lines. The nose is complex, with well integrated brown spice, vanillin, gently baked yellow plum-apple fruit, spice and almost tobacco. It’s medium weight, smooth yet lively – nice balance here. Excellent length. Liking Ontario’s 2013 whites. Tasted November 2014”
90 Points Michael Godel, WineAlign.com “…This is the most triumphant essential Southbrook Chardonnay to date and much thanks must be awarded the Saunders Vineyard for helping to bolster the mix. The gentle Beamsville Bench of old-vine Chardonnay impart is ephemeral, in mineral and lushness. The layered result atop Niagara flatland fruit in Triomphe ’13 is texture. This is the key and the king component. In that sense what you have here is a wine of social heredity. It is drinking well now and will do so for five plus years. Tasted October 2014.”
4 stars Rod Phillips, winepointer “This is a well-made and very attractive chardonnay made from organically grown grapes. It’s quite full bodied, with concentrated and impressively rich flavours for what was a fairly cool vintage in Niagara. The fruit is supposed and reined in by a broad seam of clean, fresh acidity, and the wine shows lovely textural complexity, some deriving from extended lees contact. This is drinking well now and I would drink it within a couple of years so as to enjoy its freshness.”
SOUTHBROOK: 2013 TRIOMPHE CHARDONNAY
Southbrook’s 2013 Triomphe Chardonnay is a blend of organic grapes sourced from its own estate, along with four other vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. The 2013 growing season in Niagara was well suited to cool-climate varieties such as Chardonnay. Harvested throughout October, vineyard lots were fermented separately in both French oak barrels and stainless steel. After aging on fine lees, lots were blended and aged for a further six months. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward Chardonnay with notes of pear, yellow plum, and apple balanced by subtle hints of vanilla oak. Vegan friendly.
Alcohol: 13.1% | Bottled: May 7, 2014 | Closure: Stelvin | Cases Produced: 837
SOUTHBROOK: THE WINERY AND VINEYARD
Owners Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier have a long agricultural history in Ontario. Proud local food advocates, the Redelmeier’s originally operated Southbrook Farms as a thriving on-farm market and pick-your-own operation in Richmond Hill, ON. After establishing a boutique winery in 1991, the Redelmeiers sourced grapes from Niagara vineyards to craft premium VQA wines.
In 2005, guided by now Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Ann Sperling, the family purchased a prime 74-acre property located in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake. An additional 75 acres were added when an adjacent property became available, accommodating the pastures and barns for a resident flock of sheep. When the doors of the LEED-Gold, award-winning hospitality pavilion officially opened in 2008, Southbrook Vineyards was Canada’s first winery certified both organic and biodynamic.
While under Southbrook’s care, the farm has never been treated with chemical pesticides nor synthetic fertilizers. This stewardship is deepened by biodynamic practices, which are founded upon an understanding of the vineyard as a component of an integrated, self-sustaining, living ecosystem. Soil fertility is solar powered, with ruminants converting pasture into nutrients. The result is a bio-diverse property rich with wildlife, sheep, pollinators, predatory insects and ingredients for biodynamic preparations.
Warm, sun-soaked Four Mile Creek sub-appellation, clay-rich soils and careful agriculture produce distinctive wines from Chardonnay, Semillon, the red bordelaise varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) and Syrah.