Wines of the Week - For the Love of Chardonnay
Rose Rock 2014 Chardonnay
Such an elegant wine! Be sure to chill it down for an hour or so to keep the balance and acidity high so that you enjoy the wine as intended. It's a fresh wine, and instantly makes you think of cool climates and grapes looking to the sun for ripening, with its lemon meringue pie nose and restrained, subtle palate. From a great pedigree of Burgundy producers, this wine is as close as you’ll expect in France with just a streak of North American sophistication added, too. The palate is delicate with not the slightest trace of oak, and calls out for creamy sauces like alfredo, potato salad, and carbonara, to cut through the richness and complement the flavours. Would also be delicious with white fish simply cooked with a lemon and caper butter sauce.
CSPC +784863 $40
Joie Farm En famille 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC
A classic example of southern Burgundy chardonnay from Naramata! This wine is carefully barrel fermented to give a pungent nose of pineapple, banana and tropical fruit with a secondary lighter lift of citrus, lemon sherbet bonbons. On the palate, the acid balances the evident oak flavours and deep, earthy mushroom. I paired this wine with a salad of gigante beans, tuna, kale, and quick-pickled red onions, as well as Singaporean chicken with ginger on a bed of speckled turmeric rice with corn – and it was equally excellent with both! I couldn’t stop sipping. Don't chill this wine too much to allow you to enjoy it to the full without overly accentuating the acid.
CSPC +772709 $65