I’ve written up a number of Fielding wines in the past and enjoy them. The are great wines at reasonable prices. I often stop by Fieling when in Niagara. This one is pale in color with a lovely, varietal milder nose. On the mid palate there is nothing mild about this wine. Lot of varietal chard notes to match the nose. Think apple and pear along with some lovely vanilla notes, as well as some butter. The wine is slightly creamy in texture. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely pear/apple as well as some nice acidity. This is a beautifully made California style chard with lot of fruit coming through. I enjoyed this wine. We paired it with pan fried scallops along with alfredo sauce and it went very well. I would give this wine an 89-90 which for the price is a bargoon. I see the 2013 is now in the LCBO. I haven’t had that one yet but the description seems similar. Niagara chards can vary a whole lot year to year.
From the LCBO web site (for a different year):
Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 355842
Style – Full-bodied & Rich ›
Toasty, buttery notes and a hint of caramel are balanced here by crisp apple fruit, good acid cut, and a mineral quality. It’s a Chardonnay that stylistically has one foot in big and rich, and the other in lean and focused. It’ll be very food-flexible – try it with crab cakes, roast chicken, or pork chops. (VINTAGES panel, May 2014) $17.75