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Featherstone Winery Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2015 Wine Review

Featherstone Winery Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2015

Featherstone Winery Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2015

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $21.95

Drink: 2015-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Featherstone Winery

Agent: Featherstone Winery

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Greg Hughes rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

This wine goes through its elevage (fermentation and aging) in Canadian oak from the Grand River area of Southern Ontario.  
This is a very balanced example of Canadian Chard.  It comes from a great vintage, with perfectly ripe flavours.  The use of oak is sensable and not overdone.
The colour is pleasantly pale yellow - this will intensify, as it ages. There is a slight autolytic yeastiness from lees aging.
The flavours are held together by an acidic snap, from the cool climate in Niagara, that makes you take your time sipping it.  It is pretty delicate and ample, though.  More leesy characteristics, and some stone fruit and pineapple returns.  Good finish.  
Pair this with fresh mussels or white clam chowder.
The aromas have lots of banana, vanilla, creme caramel, and pineapple.
Often, I have heard conjecture about what Canadian oak tastes like.  When wineries first began advertising its use (it had already been in use for decades before advertising it), some people swore they were tasting 'maple.' In my experience, the assortment of oak in Ontario has typical white oak flavours of butterscotch and banana, brown sugar, and vanilla.  These are common flavours to both Canadian and American white oak.  The species are the same, but the climate is different.  In Ontario, the flavours are more subtle than Missouri or Tennessee's white oak.  
Similar comparisons could be drawn between French and Hungarian Oak.  They have similar flavours, but French is more subtle (As Canadian would be), and Hungarian piles on more intense flavour (As American would).
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Featherstone's Canadian Oak Chardonnay proudly uses locally grown 'Canadian' oak for the barrels this creamy Chardonnay was fermented in. Don't confuse this cool-climate Chardonnay with a Sonoma County (California) Chardonnay, despite its richness, as this hand-picked local-everything Chardonnay is purely Ontario-grown and a great expression of a richly oaked Chardonnay. If you like oaked Chardonnay (which I do!), then I recommend trying this unique offering from Freatherstone. Russet apples, cinnamon, lees, and brioche on the nose and palate. The oak influence shows up very prominently in this wine, while still allowing the orchard fruit to shine. Enjoy with pork roast with an apple chutney, or with creamy autumn harvest soups. Tasted April 2017. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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