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Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017

Canada, Ontario
90 W&S
92 WA

Hidden Bench is one of the premier Chardonnay producers in Canada, producing classily flavoured old-world chardonnays with beautiful struture as well.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Hidden Bench Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay

Hidden Bench is one of the premier Chardonnay producers in Canada, producing classily flavoured old-world chardonnays with beautiful struture as well.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Hidden Bench Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A020W00217
UPC 878102002013
Inventory Very Low Stock (4)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

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.


  • Serve Chardonnay with mild, buttery or creamy dishes.
  • Pair Chardonnay with meaty fish (halibut, cod) and shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops.)
  • Pair Chardonnay with subtly flavored, simply seasoned poultry and pork dishes.
  • Foods that have toasty flavors, as from toasted nuts, pastry crust, – grilling or smoking.


Enjoy through 2025

90Wine & Spritis Magazine
Wine & Spirits Magazine
John Szabo, MS, 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.
Reviews & Ratings

Gold Medal, 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada

Silver Medal, Chardonnay du Monde 2019



VQA Beamsville Bench


  • Brix at harvest: Average of 21.7
  • Source: 100% organically certified estate grown Chardonnay from the Locust Lane, Felseck and Rosomel Vineyards
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • pH: 3.39
  • Residual Sugar: 1.83g/L
  • T.A. 6.28g/L
  • Oak regime: French Oak Barriques (228L) & Puncheons (500L). 26% New, 14% 2nd fill
  • Time in Barrel: 9 months Unfined. Unfiltered.
  • Certified Organic by Pro-Cert


French Oak Barriques (228L) & Puncheons (500L). 26% New, 14% 2nd fill

9 months Unfined. Unfiltered.


Producer Description

About Hidden Bench Estate Winery Owner

Harald Thiel's uncompromising attention to detail has landed Hidden Bench in the Canadian Wine Awards' top 10 every year since the winery opened in 2007 - with Nuit Blanche named Canadian White Wine of the Year. This small, yet modern and sophisticated, estate winery is tucked away on Locust Lane in the Beamsville Bench appellation, essentially hidden by vines. HB's primary focus is to showcase the terroir of the Beamsville Bench through their award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling offerings.

Each and every wine at Hidden Bench is made under strict conditions:

  • Sustainable practices, which means 100% organically certified fruit from only estate vineyards.
  • Individually bunch sorted white wine varietals and bunch sorted and then individual berry sort all of the red wine varietals.
  • Non-interventionist, minimalist winemaking approach with gentle handling of the wine throughout the winemaking process.
  • All wines are made with wild yeast and anything that doesn’t ferment naturally is inoculated and declassified into the winery’s bistro label.


All grapes are handpicked from their estate vineyards into 10kg baskets and then carefully sorted at the winery by their “triage team” so as to ensure that only the cleanest and best fruit is used to make their wines. All white wine grapes receive a single “triage” and then are whole punch pressed to assure the gentlest extraction of juice. All red grapes, particularly Pinot Noir, are bunch sorted and destemmed and then receive a secondary individual berry “triage” prior to being placed in their oak and stainless steel fermenters.

The winemaking team benefits from all the latest technology, such as geothermal cooling and heating with precise temperature control installed in all tanks to permit extended natural settling and natural yeast ferments of whites and appropriate pre-natural ferment, cold maceration of the reds.

As estate winegrowers their goal is to have ther wines reflect the unique individual terroir of the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation parcels that they call home. Accordingly, they eschew non-organic additives and commercially selected yeasts and strive to bottle their wines un-fined and unfiltered whenever possible. All wines are bottled with minimal sulphur dioxide (SO2) to preserve their freshness and quality and to permit them to age gracefully. This approach has permitted the vast majority of theri wines to be vegan friendly and to be certified organic by Procert as of 2015/16.

We believe that real “Natural Wine” has its origin in certified organic and/or biodynamic estate fruit and a non-interventionist approach in the cellar with an acute and precise attention to detail from vineyard to bottle.

Jay Johnston - Winemaker

Following an inspiring food and wine trip to Canada’s west coast in 2002, Jay returned to Toronto with one thing in mind: Leave the software industry behind for a life in vines and wines. Since then Jay received his formal wine education through Niagara College’s Viticulture & Winemaking program, graduating in 2005. Jay was a part of the Hidden Bench team previously, and we are thrilled to welcome him back as our winemaker. Passionate about cool-climate varietals, with their finesse and their delicacy, Jay feels back at home to be focused on Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay in the HB estate vineyards. With a deep passion for terroir, a desire to farm our vineyards to their greatest potential and a profound respect for cellarwork, Jay is extremely excited to be returning to the Hidden Bench family. 


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