DE CHAUNAC 2019
Oak: Hungarian Oak 4 Months
Tasting Notes: Beautiful aromas of fresh red cherry dominate, with complimenting notes of strawberry, plum and light floral. Complex notes of black pepper and spice meet toasted oak. The aromas carry to the palate with a bright acidity, balanced tannin and an oak finish.
With its bright acidity its very food friendly – Duck breast, roast chicken, pork earthy dished like mushroom risotto, or Portobello burgers.
De Chaunac is a Seibel crossing of unknown parentage, the grape was named to honor the man who brought it to Canada from France. Once widely planted in North America due to its cold-hardiness and high yield, the susceptibility to vine viruses has resulted in its loss of favor. This little-known variety is easy-drinking, with cherry, raspberry, and a slight gaminess. This variety works in many different styles and again is a high yielding variety so that plays in our favour. It is not a common or widely planted variety and is quite unique to our vineyard.
De Chaunac is always a fun variety to work with. It is very high yielding and again unique to our vineyard as it is not widely planted. It has the capability of producing a wide range of wine styles; if you are unfamiliar with the variety I describe it often as being in between a Merlot and Pinot Noir typical to have lots of red fruit, soften tannin and more to the pinot side its lighter in style with some pepperiness or spice and often a higher acidity. At less than 3g/L residual sugar this is a bone dry red