JoieFarm 2008 Reserve Chardonnay - 90+pts
Availability: Direct from winery here. Select private wine shops
Cost: $29.90 (direct)
Production: 500 cases
Date Tasted: September 8th, 2010
Tasting Notes: The 2008 vintage of JoieFarm's Reserve Chardonnay is in tough as the fabulous, Lieutenant Governor Award of Excellence winning 2007 vintage is a hard act to follow. However, it succeeds admirably offering complex aromas and flavours of pears, tropical fruits and honeycomb with elegant characters and spice from a thorough oak program. There is a pleasing vein of minerality through the wine that speaks to its Okanagan birthplace despite being a blend from multiple sites.
The fruit flavours are not as forward on the concentrated palate as the 2007 (recently re-tasted in August 2010) possibly due to a cooler and delayed growing season. The attitude of the 2008 leans more towards Burgundy on the pendulum of New to Old World style.
For BC Wine collectors, assembling a vertical of JoieFarm's Reserve Chardonnay is a must. They deliver an interesting, well-made, quality wine each year that changes and reflects the vintage - the pros and cons. This is honest winemaking. These are wines built to age that will reward careful cellaring. Drink 2010-2018.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010
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