93 Pts - John Szabo, MS
“…It’s all about the County tension — there’s real verve and an electric current running through - as well as the typical limestone twang and equally common salinity and sapidity… Great palate presence and complexity, a mineral lover’s selection to be sure, crystalline and pure.”
93 Pts - Michael Godel
“A most aromatically curious, cool and charged chardonnay… golden and sun-filled yet drying and nutty of fino-esque character. Like golden pineapple, sherry and so much more, of pencil shavings and caramelizing fennel. Trust when it is said there are no Ontario chardonnays like this one from Mackenzie Brisbois and perhaps there never will be. Wild ferment, unfined, unfiltered, sharp, clean and focused. And a very good vintage from which to make this style of wine. Drink 2023-2026. Tasted March 2023.
Fruit was hand harvested from our estate vineyard. Pressed whole cluster straight to barrel. Fermented and aged without racking or stirring. Barrels used comprised 25% new oak, 50% 3rd-fill, 25% 4th-fill — all in 500L format. Racked from barrel in August after 10 months ageing. Racked once in tank prior to bottling September 8th. Bottled unfiltered and unfined with minimal sulphur added.
This wine shows aromas of sweet hay, bright lemon and ripe peaches followed by a zippy palate with beautiful weight and pure county acidity.
VQA Prince Edward County VQA
Cases Produced: 180
Grower: Trail Estate Winery
Harvested: October 9-11, 2019
Yields: Approx. 1.5 Tonnes/Acre