Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016 Wine Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada
Community Reviews: 14
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 93/100
Gorgeously rich and full-bodied with layers of pleasure. This Niagara Chardonnay offers aromas of toasted almond and hazelnut, freshly baked bread and golden apple. Pair with roast chicken or turkey.
Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, sweet pea soup, smoked fish.
This Henry of Pelham Winery Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016 was reviewed on April 14, 2018 by Natalie MacLean
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|Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:|
Stone fruit, lots of oak spice, citrus blossom, tangerine, and a hit of vanilla. 93 points. (www.ottawawinejournal.com)
|Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:|
Lots of oak, stone fruit, vanilla and some ripe orchard peach on the mid-palate with a lingering finish. Delicious.
|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.
|Andrea Shapiro - Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:|
Medium lemon green colour pronounced aromas of golden apple, apricot, dried fruit, smoke, rich creamy buttered popcorn and a touch of skunk but in a good way! Lol flavours are also abundant with pineapple, apricot, honey, grapefruit, vanilla cream, toasted nuts and sultana raisins. Medium acidity, medium plus body and with with vanilla nuttiness on the finish. Pair with creamy cheeses, salmon with bechamel sauce and garlic butter shrimp.
|Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:|
Pale yellow straw colour. Creamy apple tart aroma and taste, with medium long finish.
A well-executed Chardonnay that falls within the goldilocks range of not too much buttery acidity and not too much oak. Score 92.
(S.Segard, reviewed Nov.19, 2017)
|Pam Hatton rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:|
Perfumed nose of apple, stone fruit, floral notes and vanilla butter. Luscious round mouthfeel with a little smokey burnt edge of apple tart. The balanced acidity keeps it food friendly. A little time in the cellar would integrate the tertiary flavours. Lovely wine.
|Kristin Perrin rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:|
Nose: Creamy butterscotch, vanilla, ripe peaches, pear, toffee
Palate: Baked apples, dough, more butterscotch & toffee notes, vanilla, poached pears, medium plus body, creamy mouthful, low acidity
Pair with creamy cheeses (baked Brie & Camembert), baked poultry dishes, or pour as an after-a-long-day-at-work first glass of wine before dinner
|Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
Apple, citrus, buttery toasted oak and a smattering of spice. Perfect with pork medallions topped with melted gruyere.
|Wineboy rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
Absolutely Burgundian nose, with a touch more new oak. On the palate, it shares some characteristics with Burgundy, but the oak once again is more full. A medium char on the oak makes it stand out. A nutty note late in the game adds additional complexity.
|Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
Stone fruit, banana, toasted nuts and tropical pineapple notes on this full-bodied Chard from Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A. Made from hand-picked grapes from Speck's oldest vineyard.
Tasted Nov. 2017
|Simon Chen rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
It has an interesting old burgundy toasty nose but flavor-wise it's more buttery and rich like a napa cab.
|Sharon Aubie rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:|
Tropical aromas and lots of oak on this one with some nut and vanilla on the palette. Full-bodied mouth feel with a very long finish. Pair with a creamy seafood pasta dish, buttery lobster or smoked salmon.
Tasted November 19, 2017
|Henry of Pelham, Speck Family Reserve (2016) is a creamy, toasty and nutty Chardonnay from the Short Hills Bench in the Niagara Escarpment wine region. Look for ripe apples, stonefruit, butterscotch and cake spice flavours on this Chardonnay from a warmer vintage. - Community Wine Reviews|
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