Our runners will make their way past Closson Chase where they will be greeted with the first of three water stations. The Closson Chase property was purchased in 1997. At that time the farm grew annual crops but had been a dairy farm for many years prior. The site’s unique qualities, as seen through the eyes of viticulturist Deborah Paskus led the owners to believe it would produce exceptional wines.
Their approach to viticulture begins with crop density, pairing the right varietals to the climate, applying sustainable farming and organic growing. They approach winemaking with minimal interference, indigenous yeasts, gentle handling and long barrel aging.
The highly rated 2009 Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay is fermented and aged in barrel for 16 months is a blend of both their north and south vineyards. It speaks to the emerging character of Closson Chase Chardonnays. With fruit forward, the nose shows notes of firm fresh pear, lemon peel and a hint of green apple. Its great acidity is rounded out by softer oak lees with flavours of warmed butter and pastry dough. It is well integrated, with a persistent finish.
This chardonnay has garnered many accolades since its release:
Tony Aspler – 92 points “A triumph of terroir and technique.”
Christopher Waters- 4 stars “…an attractive wine with considerable length.”
John Szabo – 92 points “…strong contender for top chardonnay in the Province.”
David Lawrason – 91 points “very complete… traditional style that is all about complexity, texture and depth.”
Sara D’Amato – 91 points “Sharp as a whip, focused and mineral driven, the oak takes a backseat to the vibrant citrus flavours in this compelling Chardonnay.”
Closson Chase is pleased to welcome our Terroir Run runners and share the fruits of their labours with us!