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Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada

Community Score: 4.5/5
Community Reviews: 13
Price: $29.95
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Alcohol: 14%

Drink: 2015-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Henry of Pelham

Greg Hughes rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This wine, from the brothers at Henry of Pelham in Niagara, is exactly what consumers want in a Chardonnay. It is big and generous, but also not overdone. It's also made in a classical style, but with new world drinkability. This is a Chard for Chard-lovers.
The colour is already showing some deeper yellow hues from elevage. Nice, medium lemony yellow.
Aromas are sappy and rich. Lemon curd, pineapple, nectarine, apple jelly, and pie crust.
It is rich on the palate, but with some great pure fruit. More rich apple pie notes, with lemon, stone fruit, atulfo, and pineapple.
The oak does come through, but this will meld with time. There is some toasted coconut, vanilla cream, and oats. It saw a 40% new Allier oak barrels and 60% second-use oak.
This Chard was cropped at 2 Tonnes per acre; meaning the vines were forced to produce a tinier amount of extra concentrated fruit. This is a shining example of quality Niagara wine that would be fun to follow for a few years.


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