The Rusty Shed Chardonnay is an expression of our best parcels of Chardonnay and our best barrels. The fruit is whole bunch pressed to yield only the purest juice then gently rolled to barrel for fermentation after a brief settling period. Fermentation is spontaneaous with 'ambient' yeasts in the cellars, which ensures a long, slow fermentation to create complexity and nuance. All barrels are tasted individually the following summer and then we blend together those that we think are most complimentary and of highest quality to crat our iconic Chardonnay. We are always mindful to employ minimal new oak to ensure the fruit notes are highlighted in the finished wine. Once blended in the early fall of 2015, the wine was put back to barrel then bottled 3 months later in December. The 2014 growing season provided ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay with ripe flavours framed with a firm acid backbone. Ideal 'Cool Climate" Chardonnay.
2017 Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Award for Excellence in Ontario Wine
2017 Gold Medal - Ontario Wine Awards
2017 Best Chardonnay Over $20 - Ontario Wine Awards
2017 Silver Medal - National Wine Awards of Canada
2017 Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
2017 Commended - International Wine Challenge