When I’ve traveled down to Niagara I have spent a lot more time in the bench area near Beamsville. So I don’t know the Niagara on the Lake area (where this wine is from) very well. The tastings I have done down in this area have show much softer reds and more minerally whites. I’m looking forward to the iYellow tasting at Liberty on June 21st where they are featuring Niagara on the lake wines! By the way you can find iYellow on facebook as well as Niagara on the Lake wineries also on facebook. I digress …
I tasted this one at the Toronto Wine and Spirits festival. This wine is pale in color mild varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet this wine is a beautifully made fruit forward chard. Slightly buttery, slightly creamy. The oak is very much in check with little to no vanilla present. The wine is on the lighter side of medium on the finish. It builds very nicely in the mouth with the fruit forward tastes coming through nicely. I was VERY impressed by this wine. I would give it a solid 89. Sadly, there’s almost none of this left in the LCBO
From the LCBO web site:
SOUTHBROOK TRIOMPHE CHARDONNAY 2010 VINTAGES 117572 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 21.95
This is a VQA wine
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Southbrook Farms Winery
Release Date: Jun 23, 2012
Wine, White Wine 13.1% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry
Our Quality Assurance Laboratory has determined that this organic wine has <6 mg/L of free sulpher.
This has a lovely, ripe nose consistent with the warm 2010 season. Expect yellow pear-pineapple fruit, even a trace of raisin, nicely fitted with floral notes and background cream and butterscotch from the barrels. It is quite rich and rounded but stays vibrant and even a bit delicate thanks to fresh youthful acidity. The 13.5% alcohol gives it volume but there is no significant heat on the finish. Very good to excellent length. Drink over the next three years; I am not sure it has the structure to age as long as some previous vintages. Score – 90. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, March 2012)