2020 Inniskillin Reserve Series Chardonnay
Aromas of vanilla, toast, ripe apple and pear integrate well in this Chardonnay. The aromas replay in the flavours, with citrus notes and a touch of clove that carry through to a clean and extended finish.
The 2019 harvest was predictably late in getting underway, starting September 6th. The sunny, cool weather and low humidity that kicked off harvest allowed the fruit to develop phenolic ripeness for an extended period without breaking down. There was an unusual and early cold snap in mid-November, along with close to 30 cm of snow on November 11th. Growers were confronted with some challenges as they navigated machinery through snowy vineyards, but prevailed successfully and wrapped up harvest on November 26th.
The grapes for this classic varietal wine came from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. Gently crushed and pressed the juice was allowed to cold settle for 48 hrs. before racking off clean and fermenting in new and older French and American Oak.
Aromatics of toasted oak and vanilla compliment the flavours of pear, fig, apple and a touch of spice, rounding out this well balanced approachable classic variety.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with roasted halibut with papaya and carrot sauce; pasta with grilled vegetables; grilled chicken breast with a mango salsa; truffle cauliflower soup.
(Aug 22, 2015 at 4:27 AM)
I was recommended this wine by a waiter at the Fairmount Le Château Frontenac, and it was excellent! I am not a big fan of Chardonnay, but this one was great. We will be serving it at our wedding in January!
(Jan 2, 2017 at 2:33 PM)
A Christmas gift that delighted in every way! Vibrant yellow gold colour, clean nose, light vanilla, buttery undertones and pear, pineapple fruit. Classic Niagara balance, decent acidity so it holds up well on the palette, extending into a satisfying finish. Overall a well balanced wine, mid weight and currently it shows above its price point. Potential for increasing complexity with age, but drinking well now!
(Oct 31, 2020 at 3:11 PM)
Fully agree with steve west above. A highly complex and elegant aroma and flavour at this price range. Most impressive. Would pair with stilton cheese, salmon or lobster.