2007 Poetica Chardonnay VQA

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Wine Lovers’ Notes:

On the Bottle

featuring an excerpt from
Blinding Possibilities
by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

in memory of the former great Havana dessert...

I want to spoon feed you
chocolate ganache
on a summer Tuesday midnight
at Havana on Commercial Drive.
I want your eyes to stay closed
so your other senses are heightened,
like taste, of course,
but nerve endings more importantly,
since I’ve slid my foot out of my sandal
and I’m sliding my big toe
up and down
your brazenly naked calf’s
smooth unshaven blond hair.
Then we’ll carve our names on the wall
with everyone else’s,
but I’ll be Wolfgang
or Horst,
and you’ll be Isabeau
or Annalise.
Just before dawn
I’ll wake up
and twist the blinds on the east window
so once the sun’s light
creeps down the west wall
it’ll inch over your hair
and forehead
to rest on your eyelids
to awaken you to the blinding possibilities
of new days,
endless summers,
and always waking to me watching you breathe.


In the Glass

This Chardonnay has a grounded earthy component on the palate. With notes of chalk and wet limestone, the palate is complemented with a sharp tart green apple and a vanilla pod finish.

In Print

"This vintage of Chardonnay may well prove to be as good as the stunning 1998. It's a dramatic wine with tropical-pear fruit aromas to go with butterscotch cream notes. In the mouth it show opulence with creamy and juicy fruit enhanced by oak and vanilla spice. A wonderful wine that may achieve a perfect score with some time in the cellar".
- Rick Vansickle, Spotlight Toronto

"This powerful Chardonnay churns out caramel, toast, apple, lemon and cream on the nose. On the palate it is concentrated and elegant at the same time, with caramel, minerals and spice on the long, crisp finish.  Pair it with a scallop and tarragon terrine or poached salmon".
- Evan Saviolidis, Tidings

In Your Life

Our winemaker suggests poached white fish with Swiss chard and horseradish Beurre Blanc.


Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Vancouver resident Stephen Elliott-Buckley has self-published his poetry in chapbooks, zines and broadsheets since the late 1980s, when he founded the High Altitude Poetry club and zine at Simon Fraser University with the goal of helping new poets find their voice and an audience. He is also a political editorialist at PoliticsReSpun.org, writing about local, provincial, federal and international issues in pursuit of environmental, social, political and economic justice. “I’m a person who tries to cultivate a healthy, hopeful, optimistic and symbiotic relationship with our human and natural ecology,” he says, “both in life and poetry." politicsrespun.org


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Winemaker’s Notes:

In the Vineyard

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Harvested: October 3 and 7, 2007
Brix at harvest: 21.2°


In the Winery

Alcohol: 13%
Titratable Acidity: 6.2 g/l
Residual Sugar:
3.2 g/l
Bottled: June 18, 2009
Closure: Natural cork
Cases Produced: 315
Release Date: November 21, 2009


In the Cellar

2007 was one of the warmest and driest growing seasons ever experienced in the Niagara Peninsula, so the challenge with Chardonnay was to make a wine with elegance. These grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness without “sur maturity” to provide freshness and balance.

Barrel fermented in French oak barrels with extended lees contact. Our “Oxoline” barrel racking system allows for extreme lees contact without the introduction of air — an important tool in a ripe year. These barrels were a selection of 60% new Vosges and 40% second and third fill French barrels, and the wine was aged for 19 months.

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