Ontario Reviews

Huff Estates 2008 South Bay Chardonnay
How do you follow up the honour of being named White Wine of the year at two competitions (Ontario Wine Awards and Artevino)? By producing an equally impressive Chardonnay from a better Chardonnay year. Frederic Picard’s 2007 South Bay Chardonnay picked up a few Ontario honouors and is now sold out, but it’s follow up, 2008, is just as, if not even more impressive. Aged 12-14 months in French oak the nose has vanilla, hazelnut, butter and baked apple; while the palate brings the hazelnut to the fore with a touch of burnt vanilla. But its not all barrel notes across the tongue, mac apple courses thru the mouth while there’s nice green apple-like acidity on the finish. This 2008 version is delicate and pretty as opposed to the full and assertive nature of its 2007 predecessor - both are delicious wines in their own right, but this one just might be a hair better. Price: $29.95 – Rating: ****½ (plus a hair)
Prince Edward County
at the winery

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