2016 Ancienne Chardonnay

$38.95 / 750mL

2016 Ancienne Chardonnay

Ancienne, meaning old/ancient, is a faithful, living record of our terroir. The ultimate expression of our two estate vineyards and the pinnacle of our winegrowing efforts. 

The label, styled to look like a page torn from an old book, features imagery of a red-tailed hawk holding a Mayflower - a symbol of Nova Scotia - in his beak, and an ancient Acadian farming tool in his talons. A tribute to those who cared for this land before us.

Technical Details

Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol
13%
pH
3.35
Total Acidity
7.24 g/L
Residual Sweetness
<2 g/L
Production
610 cases of 6

A single-vineyard wine, with all grapes sourced from our organic and biodynamic estate vineyard in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. All fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, and whole bunch pressed to yield the highest quality juice. Fermentation took place in barrel using wild/indigenous yeasts to encourage a pure expression of the Lightfoot Home Farm Vineyard. A full malolactic conversion, also indigenous, helped impart a creamy texture. Ageing of 18 months sur lie in French oak barriques (20% new, 80% old/neutral) took place before bottling, providing further texture and depth. 

This wine is certified organic by Ecocert Canada and biodynamic by Demeter.

Tasting Notes

Nuanced nose of fleshy yellow apple, lemon curd, white peach, and toasty-smoky notes indicative of well-integrated French oak. The palate is lively; concentrated, yet fresh, with bright acidity and a lengthy mineral finish. An elegant style of Chardonnay that represents the grace and balance that Nova Scotia’s distinct cool-climate is gaining a reputation for.

Fitting pairings include richer seafood dishes such as lobster or crab, cream-based sauces, roasted poultry and root vegetables, and creamy cheeses.

Serving Temperature: 12-14°C

Recommended Drinking: Though approachable beginning in 2018, this wine should be in its prime between 2020-2023 and possesses the structure to cellar up to a full decade.