Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (1) some leading Ontario Chardonnays

I’ve just come back from the i4C (Ontario’s Cool-Climate Chardonnay Celebration) where I tasted a lot of Chardonnay. These are my notes on some of the Ontario Chardonnays I tried.

Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2017 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Textured and ripe with nice citrus and spice notes. Has nice freshness and some depth, with a mealy edge. Nice focus. 90/100

Tawse Chardonnay 2015 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Canada
Lively, bright and complex with lovely citrus and white peach fruit. Has a crystalline brightness to the fruit. Fine grained and nicely poised. 92/100

Westcott Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Vinemount Ridge, Niagara, Canada
Fresh and precise with some toast and peach notes, as well as some citrus brightness. This has nice precision and freshness, as well as some mealy richness. 92/100

Stratus Weather Report Chardonnay 2017 Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Rounded and smooth with ripe pear and peach fruit. Has real depth of flavour, Sweet mid palate with generous fruit. 89/100

Ravine Reserve Chardonnay 2017 St Davids Bench, Niagara, Canada
Rich style with peach, ripe pear and spice notes. Lovely depth here with nice focus to the spice-framed fruit. 91/100

Malivoire Moira Chardonnay 2017 Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Canada
Fresh and direct with nice pear fruit. Has a fine spicy quality. A bright unoaked style. Supple and delicious. 89/100

13th Street Winery L. Viseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Creek Shores, Niagara, Canada
Toasty, mealy and rich with lovely precision to the peach and baked apple fruit. Broad and delicious with nice depth. 91/100

Stratus Chardonnay Unfiltered Bottled With Lees 2017 Niagara on The Lake, Canada
This has lovely mouthfeel and texture with rich pear and spice fruit, and a touch of peachy richness. Very fine grained and quite delicious with some elegance. Such a lovely ripe expression of Chardonnay. 93/100

Henry of Pelham Chardonnay 2017 Short Hills Bench, Niagara, Canada
Ripe but balanced with sweet pear and melon notes. Bold with some bready notes in the mix. Rich style. 90/100

Hidden Bench Chardonnay 2017 Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Canada
Nice richness and depth with some spicy hints to the bold citrus and white peach fruit. Shows nice depth with good texture and some freshness. Stylish stuff. 92/100

Adamo Chardonnay 2017 Ontario, Canada
Creamy, peachy, focused nose. The palate shows apple, nuts and citrus. Nice depth here, with a savoury twist. 89/100

Cloudsley Cellars Foxcroft Vinyeard Chardonnay 2017 Twenty Mile Bench, Canada
This has lovely peach and pear fruit with nice density and some spiciness. Rich, dense and textured with some depth. 92/100

Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay 2016 Beamsville Bench, Niagara, Canada
Ripe pear and peach fruit with a smooth, sweet mid palate. Has nice depth and weight in the mouth, and some fruit sweetness. 88/100

Bachelder Wismer Wingfield Chardonnay 2016 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Canada
Rounded and rich with pear, peach and spice notes. Has depth and richness with fine-grained structure. 91/100

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