I tasted this one at the LCBO Vintages Taste Ontario event. The vines are some of the oldest in Niagara. They are 50 years old! Pale in color with a lovely chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a classic California style chard with vanilla and butterscotch coming through. It’s got some lovely mouth texture to it. There’s some mild acidity on the medium length finish. A very nice chard. I’d give it an 89-90.
From the LCBO web site:
ANGELS GATE OLD VINES CHARDONNAY 2010 VINTAGES 116350 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 23.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Angels Gate Winery
Release Date: Sep 28, 2012
Sugar Content: 2 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
An incredibly skilful and delicious Chardonnay that’s a testament both to Ontario’s suitability for the grape, and to winemaker Philip Dowell’s considerable talents. The wine bursts from the glass with a beautifully rich nose of fresh peach, pear, baked apple, coconut, buttermilk and toast all backed by stony minerality. Ripe, creamy-textured and elegant with brilliant acidity and impeccable balance. A joy to drink, this will pair nicely with grilled lobster tail or roast chicken. (VINTAGES panel, July 2012) .