Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely bold fruit, apple, pear and some nice vanilla and butterscotch. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice oak and a hint of pepper/spice notes. I would give the wine an 89 or so. A lovely smooth well made chards. Sadly not in the LCBO, but available by the 12 bottle case from Trialto for $37.95 a bottle.
From the winery’s web site:
Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2011
Bight gold in colour with aromas of lemon, pineapple & fresh vanilla pods. Flavours of yellow apple & grapefruit are followed by subtle notes of tropical fruits & butterscotch. A richly textured Chardonnay with balanced acidity & a lingering story on the finish.
Our 2011 Reserve Chardonnay was fermented in 100% new French oak barrels for 6 months. A blend of Bel Aire & Saury barriques were used. Barrel rolling was used to incorporate the lees into the flavour profile to bring the nutty characteristics forward. Barrels were rolled weekly for three months. The result is a rich, fruit forward, well-balanced wine with lovely hints of nuttiness