I read about this one in the Toronto Star and they were raving about it so I thought I would give it a try. This wine took a bit of digging to find out the details of. It’s a new brand from Jackson Triggs. In fact I learned most from this article.
Pale in color with nice nose of apple/pear, spot on varietal chard. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely vibrant apple/pear, again spot on what one would expect. The wine is lovely and dry. There are some mild hints of vanilla due to the fact that this is a lightly oaked chard. It’s definitely a good chard with lovely fruit. We paired it with pan seared scallops and it went well. I would give it an 88 or so. You can grab this from Winerack.com for $29.95 a bottle.
From the wine rack web site:
Arterra Chardonnay 750 ML Bottle $29.95
Notes of juicy tropical fruit and white floral notes with hints of vanilla bean and butterscotch. Pair with a mild chicken curry, crab cakes with a lightly spiced aioli or chicken Caesar salad. Residual sugar: 3.0 g/L
From the winery:
A hot, dry summer provided ideal growing conditions for our Niagara grapevines, yielding very good quality in our fruit. An early harvest, starting at the beginning of September, with the daytime heat nicely complemented by cool evenings allowed the grapes the perfect environment to develop both flavour and aromatics. The resulting wines boast great fruit flavours with no
green notes, showcasing good balance and bright varietal expression. Selected from the best sites in Niagara, the fruit used to produce this wine was picked at optimum maturity, balance, and character. Carefully harvested and pressed immediately, the juice was clarified and started fermentation with yeast selected to promote the unique character of the grape and vineyard. The
wine then fermented in 100% French oak where it also underwent complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on lees, occasionally being stirred to extract mouthfeel and texture until deemed ready for bottling. Layers of citrus fruits, honey, wet river stone, white flowers, and subtle undertones of guava and light smoke on the nose and the palate. This beautiful
and intricate Chardonnay is round and full with a very plush texture which is perfectly complemented by fresh, tense acidity. On the finish this wine boasts lasting notes of lemon candy and butterscotch. Try this complex and elegant Chardonnay with Fettuccini Alfredo with chicken, shrimp scampi, crab cakes with a lemon aioli, creamy risotto Prima Vera or your favourite soft cheese like Brie or Camembert.
Winemaker: Marco Piccoli
Residual sugar 2 g/L
Total Acidity 5.8 g/L
30 % new oak, rest 1 year old aged~7 months