2016 JCR Chardonnay - Gold Medal Winner

2016 JCR Chardonnay - Gold Medal Winner





 750 mL 

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GOLD National Wine Awards of Canada

FIRST PLACE, Judgement of Kingston, 2018


2016 Vintage

The 2016 vintage will be remembered for the hot, drought like conditions that Prince Edward County  farmers endured.  While short droughty periods in summer are common, the duration without a rain of over 5 mm extended to 10 weeks at Rosehall Run. Even with this parched summer our Chardonnay vines sailed through with very minimal water stress – a testament to the moisture holding capacity of our heavy clay soils and vineyards that are over a decade and a half old with a well-developed root system. The payoff is in the bottle: the intensity of flavour is amazing,


Critical Acclaim

“Purity (with) pristine character, beautiful texture, good weight…beautiful freshness (with a) briny, saline character” Nadia Fourniere, Judgement of Kingston Event

 “This stellar example of pure “county” Chardonnay starts with sumptuous scents of apple tart and toasty oak that lead to a seamless entry. It’s wooded, yes, but the French oak merely folds into the cool-taut citrus-scented Chardonnay, creating soft allusions of crème brûlée, taffy apple, hazelnut and toast. On the finish, a slight mineral grip tastes gently salty-flinty and lingers. This intense, bone-dry white with great freshness, focus, and finesse is Rosehall Run’s top Chardonnay. Instantly captivating.”   Score 93 Carolyn Evans Hammond, The Toronto Star

 “This JCR bottling of Chardonnay from the warm 2016 vintage was fully fermented in 500 L oak puncheons. It was aged in 60% new oak, a mix of tight French and Extra-Tight Caucasus Mountain wood for 16 months sur lie with minimal batonnage. It has a highly mineralized and complex nose of apple, vanilla toast, river rock, pear and integrated spice notes. Incredible how fresh this wine is on the palate considering the heat that summer and fall. The flavours of rich apple and pear with citrus accents are intense but well integrated with just the right amount of spice and mineral notes through the vibrant finish. A beautiful Chardonnay that speaks to the terroir of The County. Bravo!” Score 92 Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com

 “On the nose, this chardonnay from "county" looks good and shows the distinctive freshness of the region. A touch of lemon, with a touch of ginger, it also offers a texture of seductive roundness, on the palate, with good intensity and a finish that shows a nice balance between maturity and freshness.” Score 92 Rémy Charest, WineAlign.com

 “The top Rosehall chardonnay is from maturing estate vines. It shows quite lovely aromas of ripe peach, corn, custard, peat smoke, hazelnut and spice. It is medium weight, lively with tartish lemon acidity yet ripe and sweet-edged. There is some richness due to the warmer 2016 vintage. Excellent length; very good complexity.”  Score 91 David Lawrason, WineAlign.com

 “A layered, textured wine coming from a warmer vintage made with 100% Prince Edward County fruit. Apple, pear and peach aromas on the nose, followed by a juicy yet elegant medium bodied palate with lively acidity and a long finish. A really good wine that speaks to the bright future for chardonnay in the County.” Score 91 Janet Dorozynski, WineAlign.com

 “First and foremost there is so much charm here, from great fruit, mostly orchards of apple and citrus, then just a hint towards tropical. All impressive from a pottery vineyard coming of age into its later teens and capable of retaining soluble nutrients during stressed times. An elemental and kissed wet stone design runs through like veins carrying white blood cells to the fruit's organs and extremities and so the drought vintage was no worthy adversary to the JCR. Dan Sullivan's top chardonnay comes replete with high level, quality and pointed fineness of acidity.” Score 91 Michael Godel, WineAlign.com

 “A sublime Chardonnay with a perfume of pineapple, yellow apple, honey, banana, cream, smoke, vanilla and clove. Elegant with fresh acidity and quintessential PEC minerality wrapping up the package. Try with roasted chicken or grilled salmon.” Evan Saviolidis, Quench Magazine

 “Baked apple and pit fruit aromas spill from the glass. A rush of tang-laden citrus and green pineapple streak over the palate interwoven with mineral tones, Key lime and yellow plum. It’s quite balanced on the palate and finishes crisp, clean, refreshing. This showcases wonderful focus; it’s linear, but not lean, along with good balance and exhilarating finish. Pour with freshly shucked briny oysters or California sushi rolls.” Score 90 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com

 “Rosehall’s winemaker/owner Dan Sullivan, seems to have found his groove with Chardonnay.  Here he’s following up the award winning 2015 with this (could be even better) 2016 model of the JCR which is “da bomb”. It’s barrel fermented then spends 16 months in larger 500L oak barrels of which between 50-60% is new oak (all French) the less wood to juice ratio helps to keep the fruit intact but also gives the wine a lovely texture and weight: Dan’s signature balance of creamy-acid-mineral and spice is in evidence plus buttered almonds, apple, vanilla, butterscotch, baked peach, apple cobbler, and so much more seems to come from the glass with each sniff and each sip … it’s another beautiful bottle of Rosehall Chardonnay – the only thing different about it is the year on the label … that’s called consistency folks.” Score ****1/2  Michael Pinkus, michaelpinkuswinereview.com