2013 JCR CHARDONNAY
2013 JCR CHARDONNAY
VQA PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
ESTATE GROWN AND BOTTLED
LIBRARY RELEASE - 48 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
GOLD, International Wine Challenge
SILVER, Chardonnay-du-Monde International Competition, France
SILVER, Decanter World Wine Awards
100% sourced from our Estate North Block, planted 2001 and 2002.
Fermented in 500 L puncheons (the size we now use for all of our Estate grown Chardonnay), seven were ultimately deemed worthy of JCR designation. This Chardonnay spent over 500 days in barrel sur lie in mostly undisturbed meditation. Careful racking and unhurried elevage meant we were able to bottle this Chardonnay with the absolute minimum of filtration.
Tasting Notes (2014)
This full-bodied Chardonnay shows bright tree fruit with hints of tropical fruit along with toasty vanilla on the nose; on the palate is dry, lively acidity with lush creamy oak character, richly layered with pear, peach, sweet pineapple vanilla oak flavours with a long creamy lingering finish.
Food Pairing Suggestions
This wine pairs nicely with rich dishes such as Pumpkin Ravioli or Butternut Squash Soup, Wild Mushroom Risotto or Cilantro-Lime Chicken. Feeling a little adventurous? Pair this chardonnay with dessert such as White Chocolate Mousse Cake or White Opéra Cake.
“This winery moves from strength to strength each vintages. This luscious, full-bodied, buttery Chardonnay put the Burgundian bottles to shame on the tasting table. Gorgeous richness of texture and toasted almond finish. Pair with grilled chicken.” Score 92 Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com
“The 2013 is showing very sleek lines and fine integration and balance. The nose is some spiked with apple-pear fruit nicely layered amid lemon, butterscotch, peat smoke and gentle clove. Classic chardonnay aromas. It's 13% alcohol but feels lighter thanks to lacy acidity and County minerality; really quite stony on the finish. Scores on balance and elegance.” Score 91 David Lawrason, WineAlign.com
“This delivers persistent purity of fruit, deft balance, firm structure, integrated oak and a delectable, lengthy aftertaste of monumental proportions. Baking spice, flinty/mineral notes and ripe orchard fruit aromas herald a medium-bodied, nicely textured, tang-laden stream of lemon curd, white nectarine and peach skin on the palate and finish. Winemaker/co-owner Dan Sullivan hits the bulls-eye with this barrel-select, fabulous offering…Bravo.” ***** Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com
“Medium-weight, crisp and bright, showing pineapple, lime and subtle buttery notes. From Prince Edward County, this is almost like Chablis mixed with Aussie riesling. Wonderful for a plate of oysters, lemon chicken and a whole lot more.” Score 91 Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail
“An elegant chardonnay sourced from the estate's JCR vineyards. Subtle but complex with savory notes of saline along with nervy acids. Flavours of baked pear, lemon, apple, hay and very light, delicate oak are interlaced on the palate. The freshness and purity of fruit is very indicative of County fruit. The finish is just slightly toasty with very good length.” Score 90 Sara d’Amato, WineAlign.com
“A plethora of aromas and flavours that both coax and allure one into a multi-sip inducing “how can this be so good”: spiced-vanilla, apple cobbler, peach pit, melon rind, mineral notes, long finish, great complexity and it’s just very pretty indeed … and the only PEC wine to pick up an award at the World Chardonnay competition (Chardonnay-du-Monde) held in Burgundy, France (Silver) – an award well deserved.” ****1/2 Michael Pinkus, michaelpinkuswinereview.com
“How can a wine be intense and subtle at the same time? Winemaker Dan Sullivan has answered that question handily with this wine. The nose pulls you into the glass with a barrage of Apple, Peach, Pineapple, Vanilla and whispers of Spice. When you take your first sip it's almost confusing because the intensity on the nose is replaced with this restrained and elegant wine. Perfectly integrated oak caress the fruit flavours from the nose but the delicacy of this wine bring a nice mineral note on the finish. The finish on this wine lasts a long time. ” ****1/2 André Proulx, andrewinereview.ca