Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011
VQA BC, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Natalie's Score: 93/100
Community Score: 4.6/5 Community Reviews: 3
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Product #: 639641
Wine Type: White Wine
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Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Quails' Gate Estate Winery
Agent: Appellation Wines
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Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: September 11, July 26, September 12 and March 7. Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Wine Review
Spectacularly rich and full-bodied yet perfectly balanced and showing great finesse. Aromas and flavours of butter-toffee, green apple and some smoke. Layers of pleasure on the palate. Long finish leaves you yearning for more. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled honey orange chicken salad or poached salmon with a caper butter sauce. This Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011 was reviewed by March 7, 2013 Natalie MacLean
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Lesley rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: A french style Chardonnay with just a bit more cream. This wine is like being in the kitchen with Mom while she is baking. Notes of Vanilla and Almond, and flavours of nutmeg and lemon curd. A great minerality that balances out the richness and leaves you with a refreshing treat. Ideal with lobster or scallops.
The majority of this blend was crafted from French Chardonnay clone 95, planted in 1996 alongside other clones in our Estate vineyards on the Mount Boucherie bench. Harvested in late September, the freshly pressed, unsettled juice was run directly to barrel where, over a 4 month period, both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations took place. The wine was left to age on yeast lees for another 6 months before racking and blending. Our Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay is a very cellar worthy wine with ageing potential of 5 to 7 years.
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Serve Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2011 between 55-60 degrees Farenheit or 12-16 degrees Celsius. Tip: If your bottle is at room temperature, put it in ice water for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about three hours to chill it.
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