i4C – more interesting Chardonnays from Canada and beyond

i4c chardonnay

Here are some more notes on Chardonnays tasted at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Symposium (i4C). Many are from Ontario, but there are also wines from other parts of Canada, and a few from other countries, too.

Joie En Famille Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Okanagan Valley, Canada
Ripe, sweetly fruited and nicely textured with pear and ripe apple, and nice sweet fruit. Lively with some nice spiciness. 90/100

Malivoire Moire Chardonnay 2014 Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Canada 
Sweet, supple and textured with lush pear fruit and some apple notes. Nice weight and richness here with a smooth, fine-grained texture and a soft mid-palate. 89/100

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Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Canada
This block was planted in 1992, and 2014 saw low yields. It’s planted in an east/west direction which seems to retain more acidity. Fruity, fresh and textural with subtle spice, grapefruit and pear notes. Nice weight. 92/100

Ravine Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Ripe, smooth, textured and quite soft with nice weight of fruit. Has peach and pear notes with a sweetness to the finish. Expressive and broad. 90/100

Westcott Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016 Vinemount Ridge, Niagara, Canada
Fresh and detailed, this is quite delicious with some bright tangerine and pear notes alongside some richer white peach characters. Fresh with a fine spiciness on the finish. Very attractive, showing nice focus. 91/100

Southbrook Poetica Chardonnay 2013 Four Mile Creek, Niagara, Canada
Very sweet and lively with peach and pear fruit and some sweet baked apple notes, as well as a lively spiciness. Very attractive with richness but also balance. Hints of honey and pineapple. Very bold in style. 90/100

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Coteau Rougemont Chardonnay La Côte 2015 Quebec, Canada
This is exceptional considering that it comes from Quebec, which is properly marginal for winegrowing. It’s from soils that consist mostly of pebbles of various sizes, which heat up fast and then protect from spring frosts, while encouraging ripening in this brief growing season. Very fresh with nice per, white peach fruit and real finesse. Balanced and with fine acidity, showing lovely weight. Ripe yet balanced.

91/100Adamo Oaked Chardonnay Willms Vineyard 2014 Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Fresh and herby with some appley, lemony fruit. A crisp style with good acidity and fresh, green-tinged notes. Lovely freshness. Intriguing style. 90/100

13th Street Chardonnay June’s Vineyard 2015 Creek Shores, Niagara, Canada
100% stainless steel ferment. Lovely fruit focus to this wine, with some tangerine and pear. Bright with a fresh stony finish. Very clean and pure. 90/100

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2015 Margaret River, Australia
Really fresh an intense with bright grapefruit, lemon and herb notes. Keen, nervy acidity and a hint of greenness. Intense and incredibly fresh, but a little unripe? Has great acidity. 90/100

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Marcel Cabelier Cremant de Jura Brut 2014 France
Organic. Fresh and pithy with vivid citrus notes, and a hint of sweetness on the finish. Juicy and lively. Clean with good focus. 89/100

Tawse Robyn’s Block Chardonnay 2013 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Canada
Lovely focus to this wine which shows intense citrus fruit with some grapefruit pith and subtle herby notes, backed up by good acidity. Pear and apple richness on the mid-palate. Very stylish. 92/100

Ravine Reserve Chardonnay 2014 St David’s Bench, Niagara, Canada
Concentrated and intense with bold, rich peach and pear fruit. Spicy and intense with lovely weight to it. A rich, taut, compact pithy, intense wine with good concentration. Needs a bit of time. 91/100

Trail Estates Chardonnay 2015 Niagara, Canada
This is 40% from Foxcroft vineyard. Oxidative juice handling and wild ferment. Nice weight of pear and peach fruit with some citrus brightess. Lovely flavour and depth with a subtle waxy edge. 91/100

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De Loach Stubbs Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Petaluma Gap, Marin County, Sonoma, California
There’s a freshness to this wine. It’s supple and fine grained with pear and citrus fruit, showing good balance. Refined and fruit-driven with good acidity. 93/100

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Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catherine Blanc de Blancs Carte Blanche 2012 Short Hills Bench, Niagara, Canada
Henry of Pelham make really good fizz, and this is lively, fresh and clean with crisp citrus fruit and a bit of pear richness. Crisp and focused. 90/100

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Queylus Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Niagara, Canada
This is a barrel selection, and spends 18 months in oak. Lovely stuff with nice fine texture and compact pear and white peach fruit. Balanced with weight and purity. 93/100

 

 

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