Therianthropy, Chardonnay "Bonnie Vivant", Bock Vineyard, Niagara (2021)
Very reductive when first opened...this needs a decant and will reward generously with at least a few hours. Notes of smoked caramel, maple syrup, buttery brioche, pear, soft apple, dried pineapple and lots of wet stone.
11% of the grapes got 23 days on skins, also allowing the native yeasts to begin the fermentation. A five-day cold-settling at 10 degrees Celsius was followed by primary fermentation in concrete egg which took 43 days to complete.
100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, taking three months to complete and then rested in concrete egg for 7 months on fine lees (no stirring).
Unfined & unfiltered