JoieFarm 2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay - 88pts
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Production: 901 cases
Date Tasted: May 15th, 2014
Tasting Notes: The JoieFarm Un-Oaked Chardonnay distinguishes itself from its peers by delivering a richly textured palate to accompany the standard, fruit-forward flavour profile: the main goal of all un-oaked Chardonnay producers. This characteristic elevates the wine's appeal, making it more palatable to oak-loving Chardonnay fans as well as to the A-B-C crowd (anything-but-Chardonnay).
In 2012, this richness was achieved from near-perfect ripeness and concentration of flavours. In 2013, an above average, but, less than ideal growing season, this richness relies on a higher level of alcohol to contribute mouth-coating glycerol to balance out the bright, grapefruit acidity and the edgy, green apple flavours. A warm layer of tropical fruit aromas and flavours also help to tame the rawness of Chardonnay's intense, natural stonefruit and mineral characters.
Enjoy this refreshing and well-made Chardonnay in its youth. Drink now-2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca