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Poetica Chardonnay VQA by Southbrook Vineyards 2012- Bottle Only

Poetica Chardonnay VQA

by Southbrook Vineyards 2012- Bottle Only

Producer : Southbrook Vineyards

Region : Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Tasting Notes

This exquisite bottling represents the 4 barrels that winemaker Ann Sperling selected for their classic, ageable character. The ying of our warm Four Mile Creek vineyard is balanced by the yang of our cool climate region. Stunning now, our Poetica Chardonnay will reward your patience with years of development to come.

"From selected barrels, this is a fabulous chardonnay that’s what I think of as a complete wine. It’s elegant in style, with great complexity, breadth and depth to the flavour profile, and subtle layering. The fruit is fairly restrained and is finely balanced with the well-calibrated acid. There’s some longevity here: drink to the early 2020s."
★★★★★ - Rod Phillips

94 Points - Michael Godel - Wine Align

17.5/20 - Richard Hemming - Wine Critic

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Southbrook Vineyards
Region Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 14.1% alc./vol.
Style Rich and toasty whites
Vintage 2012
Farming Method Organic
Grapes Chardonnay
Wine Type White
Price of Case $310.80

The Producer

Southbrook Vineyards

Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier, seasoned agriculturalists in Ontario, have a deep-rooted connection to the local food scene. Initially, they ran Southbrook Farms as a bustling on-site market and a spot where you could pick your own produce in Richmond Hill, ON. Their journey took a vinous turn in 1991 when they ventured into the realm of winemaking, setting up a small-scale winery. To craft their premium VQA wines, they carefully selected grapes from vineyards in Niagara.

In 2005, with guidance from Ann Sperling, now the Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, the Redelmeier family seized the opportunity to acquire a prime 74-acre plot nestled in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Later, they expanded their domain by adding another 75 acres from a neighbouring property. This expansion allowed them to create pastures and barns for their resident flock of sheep. In 2008, the doors to their LEED-Gold, award-winning hospitality pavilion swung open, marking Southbrook Vineyards as Canada’s inaugural winery certified both organic and biodynamic.

Throughout their stewardship, Southbrook has steadfastly eschewed chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, opting instead for a more holistic approach. Embracing biodynamic practices, they view the vineyard as an integral part of a self-sustaining ecosystem. Soil fertility is maintained through solar-powered means, with grazers like sheep converting pasture into vital nutrients. This commitment has transformed the property into a haven for biodiversity, teeming with wildlife, pollinators, and ingredients for biodynamic preparations. Coupled with the favourable conditions of the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation and clay-rich soils, Southbrook's careful cultivation yields distinctive wines, including Chardonnay, Semillon, and a range of red Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, along with Syrah.

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