Hidden Bench Chardonnay 2013 is a handcrafted, organic bio-wine produced through environmentally sustainable methods. Medium-full bodied with rich notes of pear, spice, and nougat to tantalize your senses. Refined and subtle, the flavors and texture of 2013 Estate Chardonnay make it an elegant companion to your dinner.
- 92 points, John Szabo MS, winealign.com.
A really terrific chardonnay here from Hidden Bench, at the top of the class. This has every bit the complexity, flavour, savouriness and seamlessly integrated wood of the best. Marvelous density and intensity on a lithe and vibrant frame. A steal for the price. Tasted August 2015.
- 91 points, David Lawrason, winealign.com.
This is a very refined, solid and complex Niagara bench chardonnay. The nose is nicely lifted with pear, nougat, spice, lemon vanillin and herbal notes. Its medium-full bodied, with firm acidity, minerality and a hint of tannin. The length is excellent. Textbook premium Niagara chardonnay. Tasted August 2015
- 91 points, Michael Godel, winealign.com.
A best of both worlds Chardonnay; indicative of the giving vintage (in quality, not quantity, prestige, not prosper) and an Estate, house style with some cosmetics to enhance the consequence. Really typifies and explains what a Marlize Beyers Chardonnay is. Elegant, stylish, with perfect skin, tones, understated beauty and the soft vernacular of few yet precise words. The texture and feel of this Chardonnay is downy, lacey and so very understated. You simply can’t take your eyes off its charms and your palate away from its soft feel. A wine of character and poise. Drink 2015-2020. Tasted August 2015.
The Chardonnay vines for this wine were meticulously maintained to showcase the terror of Beamsville Bench. All grape bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set by completely removing leaves on the East side and partially on the West side of the canopy to maximize ripening. Green harvesting – the removal of under-ripe bunches – was performed at the first sign of colour change in berries from green to gold (This is known as véraison). Hand harvested from 11 September to 18 October 2013 (organically certified grapes).
All fruit was handpicked, sorted and whole bunch pressed to yield the most pure juice. After cold settling, the juice was racked, warmed and then transferred to barrel. The wine was slowly fermented with indigenous yeasts reaching a peak of 22 degrees Celsius. Partial malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and all barrels were stirred weekly during fermentation. The barrels for this wine were selected and blended and filtered before bottling.
About Hidden Bench Vineyards & 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. Limited-edition rarities like Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay are made in special vintages as well.
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.
Our mission is produce internationally recognized, superior wines made exclusively with estate grown fruit from the Beamsville Bench VQA sub-appellation that are reflective of this unique terroir. The quality of our wine will be a product of our passion for uncompromising excellence and attention to detail, and will inspire us to continue, and our clients to value and to seek out our wines. We will achieve our mission and vision by working together in a spirit of teamwork and mutual respect in accordance with our core values and above all while enjoying what we do and having a lot of fun, creating and sharing our wine.
We believe that the Beamsville Bench’s unique terroir and our sustainable viticulture practices, coupled with our low-yield crop management will provide Hidden Bench with the best fruit, producing wines of pronounced character complexity and bearing a sense of place and time.
We believe that we can enhance the winemaking and viticulture process by the selective application of the latest technology in the vineyard and the winery while respecting the traditional non-interventional winemaking style and sustainability that we embrace.
We are only stewards of the land and, as such, we will apply sustainable best practices in the vineyard and the winery to reduce the impact of our footprint on the environment, our neighbours, and society as a whole. We will use environmentally sound practices and products wherever possible in the making and marketing of our wines and all the while protecting the resources and infrastructure of Hidden Bench.
An ongoing passion for excellence and a contagious enthusiasm will be the cornerstones of the approach we embrace to achieve our mission and vision. Our ongoing uncompromising applied attention to detail will help distinguish and differentiate our wines and our winery from our contemporaries.
Specialty: Gluten-free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian