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Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Canada, Ontario
93 WA
92 NW
92 JG
Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

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 2014
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥6,050

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 2014
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A020W00514
Inventory Very Low Stock (3)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

True to it’s pedigree, the 2014 is rich and powerful with flinty minerality, white peach and citrus notes on the nose. The palate is full and savoury, richly layered with mandarin, orange peel and toasty oak. While still youthful, the structure is supple, elegant and finely layered, which will only intensify as the wine ages with careful cellaring of 5-8 years. The finish lingers with classic Felseck Vineyard minerality.

Press
93WineAlign
93 points, John Szabo, MS, winealign.com A wine of striking intensity and complexity, Hidden Bench's Felseck vineyard chardonnay, like the superb 2013, is among the top selections of the vintage. Careful farming of these now-22 year-old vines (planted in 1992) is evident in the sheer flavour concentration and length on the finish. It strides the line cleverly between flinty-reductive, and oxidative and wood-influenced, finding a comfortable balance. Fruit is richly appealing, in the apple-pear spectrum, perfectly ripe and no more. Delicious as it is, it's still very youthful and full of life and will undoubtedly reward a few more years in the cellar. Terrific wine. Tasted June 2017.
92Wines In Niagara
92 points, Rick Vansickle, winesinniagara.com. Interesting winemaking here with 100% French oak, 35% new, 25% second fill, 23% concrete egg tanks and the rest neutral for the first nine months and then racked to 32% stainless steel barrels and neutral oak for an additional five months. It’s unfined and unfiltered, like most HB wines are. Such an interesting nose of quince, Mandarin orange flinty minerality, caramel, spice, toasted oak and vanilla. It maintains freshness and vibrancy on the palate with lovely stone fruits, citrus accents, beautiful elegant oak spice notes and that rich vein of minerality that runs through this wine from beginning to end. Lots of cellaring potential here, say 4+ years?
92Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
92 pts - Jamie Goode Fresh and expressive with bright citrus, pear and white peach fruit. Has nice texture with a bright, spicy, nutty finish. Good structure here with freshness and focus.
Production

Appellation

VQA Beamsville Bench

Viticulture

  • Harvest Date: 12th to 13th of October, 2014
  • Brix at harvest: 20.5-21.2
  • Blend and grape source: 100% organically certified estate Chardonnay from the Felseck Vineyard

Vinification

All fruit was handpicked, sorted and whole bunch pressed to yield the most pure juice. After cold settling for 24 hours, the juice was racked, warmed and transferred to barrel. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts reaching a peak of 20 degrees Celsius. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and all barrels were stirred weekly during fermentation only. 

  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • pH: 3.17
  • Residual Sugar: 1.41g/L
  • T.A. 6.14g/L
  • Bottling Date: March 23rd, 2016
  • Oak regime: 100% French Oak: 35% new, 25% 2nd fill, 23% concrete egg tanks and the rest neutral for the 1st 9 months; racked to 32% stainless steel barrels and neutral oak for an additional 5 months
  • Vine Age: Planted between 1988 and 1992
  • Time in barrel: 14 months
  • Un-fined. Unfiltered.
Producer

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.

VINICULTURE

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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