Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Wine Review

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2009
VQA, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Community Score: 4.6/5
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Product #: 639641
BC Product #: 639641
SAQ Product #: 11262946


 
Price: $32.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Drink: 2011-2014
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Quails' Gate Estate Winery
Agent: Appellation Wines
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Natalie's Score: 93/100

A heavy-hitter Chardonnay firing on all sensual cylinders! Loaded with generous butter, oak, pear and pear notes. This wine was made using full barrel fermentation in French oak and then aged another 10 months in oak. Try it with lightly smoked sablefish with potato brandade or veal chop with sunchoke puree. Bring it on!

Chardonnay food pairings: Yukon Arctic Char and Qualicum Scallops, with braised savoy cabbage “choucroute”, sunchoke puree and sautéed brocollini with citrus and mustard cream.

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Our SFR Chardonnay was harvested in October 2009 from the best French clones in Quails’ Gate Estate vineyards. With vines averaging 13-17 years old, their roots extend deep into the clay and gravel soil adding minerality and complexity to the wine. Made from 100% estate grown French clone Chardonnay in a classic warm-climate season, allows for excellent balance and acidity. This wine was hand crafted using full barrel fermentation in French oak (40% new, 60% 1 year old). All barrels were warmed to complete the malolactic fermentation. These techniques enhance mid palate weight and texture, adding richness and
complexity. Time in the bottle will allow for seamless integration of this well balanced Chardonnay, which will cellar up to 5 years.

 
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