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Primary Notes: Clove Peach Pineapple, Melon Lemon Honeysuckle
Secondary Notes: Cream
Tertiary Notes: Almond
Alcohol (%): 14
Origin & Awards
Origin: Hebei, China
Maker: Canaan Winery
Fermentation: Heavy Wood
Decanting: Up to 15 minutes
Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 8–10 degrees
Asian Food Pairing: Dim Sum, Miso marinated baked fish, Hokkien Mee
Western Food Pairing: White wine chicken thighs, Seafood spaghetti
Canaan Chapter and Verse Mastery Chardonnay 2016
Canaan Chapter and Verse Mastery Chardonnay is a part of the mid-range "Mastery" of Canaan Winery's "Chapter and Verse" wine series. Pale lemon appearance. A clean nose of lemon, pineapple and melon with a hints of florals, almonds and cream. Full body and round taste on the palate, which also exhibits a balanced structure and fresh acidity. Bright lemon citrus, grilled pineapple and sweet peach flavours are accompanied by layers of almonds, cloves and light cream lingering on this fruit forward wine.
Canaan Winery uses the label "Shi Bai Pian" in order to avoid confusion with the brand Kanaan in the Ningxia region. The term "Shi Bai Pian" (translates directly as "A Hundred Poems") was coined by acclaimed Chinese poet Du Fu from the Tang Dynasty when he composed the poem 'Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup'.
Basically, elite scholars and influential people in the Tang Dynasty loved to gather and drink fine wines together. This inspired Du Fu to write 'Ode to Eight Wine Immortals', a humorous piece that pictures eight of his contemporaries (well respected men who were politicians, poets, musicians and calligraphers) as huge drunks.
Canaan uses the name "Chapter and Verse" as an English tribute to "Shi Bai Pian". It celebrates the creative and devoted vignerons who made fine wines possible and also shares the story of Canaan's passionate people who have been toiling all year round to bring you the best of what nature has offered them.
100% Chardonnay. The fruit for this wine comes from Canaan Winery's 600 hectare vineyards in Huailai, Hebei. Historical documents reveal that there have been over 1,200 years of grape growing records within Huailai. Huailai is adjacent to Guan Tin Lake, a water body of 290 square km surface, that serves as a natural air temperature regulator. Mountain ranges situated to the north and south of Canaan vineyards channel seasonal NW dry air from the North, which substantially reduces disease pressure to the grape vines. The vineyard sites that produce Chardonnay sit at an altitude of 920–1,050 metres and have high gravel, sandy loam soils.
Cold racking of the juice before fermentation at 13–18°C for 15–2 days; French oak barrel ageing for 8 months.