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Taste it Again : Inniskillin 2011 Montague Vineyard Chardonnay

12 Nov 2020

Inniskillin 2011 Chardonnay Montague

 

(July 3, 2020) ... Well my rule-of-thumb on older Ontario Chardonnay is about 7 years tops, then they become a crap-shoot - I have shared this thought with a number of people familiar with Ontario wines and they too believe that to be an accurate assessment ... so here I sit in front of a bottle of 9 year old Ontario, Single Vineyard, Chardonnay and I wonder what side of the "shoot" this will sit on.

Poured out into the glass and I see a nice golden colour, not really a judgement of quality it just means it has oak and it is old. Nose to glass and there are notes of almond-praline to start, a quick sip enforces good acidity and some apple-butter notes on the tongue ... the good news is this wine keeps getting better: spiced-almonds, bruised green apple and as it opens further it turns into an apple juice type of note. Apple seems to be the most dominant part of this wine - the acidity keeps it in the game even though there's a creamy-smoothness mid-palate to the long finish - but again it's that acidity that keeps this wine in the game (I know I've already said that once, but it deserves to be said again).

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