2021 Inniskillin Reserve Series Chardonnay
The entire 2020 harvest was early. It started early and ended early, with harvest dates for each variety that were all notably earlier than normal. Harvest started on August 27th with early red hybrid varieties. Autumn was brilliant – warm, sunny, and very little rainfall, providing great conditions for harvest. Yields were down on all varieties (about 10-20%), but quality was excellent. The warm, sunny days and cooler evenings allowed the grapes to develop phenolic ripeness without any breakdown. Not unexpectedly, the warm, dry growing season for the vines produced grapes with high sugars and low acids. Unfortunately, the overall yield was negatively impacted, with most varieties down between 10-20% of expected tonnage. Early November brought almost summer-like weather for more than a week, allowing us to finish up harvest with great picking conditions.
Grapes for this vintage wine came from select premium vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. Crushed and pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery the clean juice was racked after cold settling for 48 hours. Inoculated and fermented at a cool 16 C for 13 days until dry, the wine was then transferred to new and older French and American barrels where it underwent a complete malo-lactic fermentation and aged for 8 months before transferring to stainless steel.
Aromatics of hazelnut, toast and vanilla are evident on the nose. On the palate ripe pears, melon and spice round out the crisp balanced acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Roasted butternut squash; planked salmon; roasted chicken with rosemary or sage; shrimp or lobster; cheddar of various ages with apple slices.
(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.