Just as there are wardrobe pieces that transition from winter to Spring—Burberry trench coats,
so too are there wines that bridge the gap between grey gloom/snowmageddon and blue sky/sunshine.
The wine in my glass is white all year round, but certainly not always the same grape. If you have been reading Libations for awhile, you’ll know I am an adventurous drinker—veering to wine geek—with my love of esoteric varietals: Fiano, Grüner Veltliner , Assyrtiko, Semillon, Jacquère, Gavi, Albarino, Loureiro , Muscadet, Verdicchio, Xarel.lo. I’ll stop there, but I could go on—and on.
This wine from Little Farm is not made from one of those off-the-beaten-track grapes, rather the most popular white wine on the planet: the once-maligned, Chardonnay.
At a sip, you might not even recognise it if you are used to oaky, buttery, over-the-top Chards. This is the pure essence of grape and expression of place. Grown in British Columbia in the Similkammen Valley by Master of Wine, Rhys Pender and Alishan Driediger this small batch wine is organically grown in soils high in calcium carbonate (similar to Chablis and Champagne) with a distinct mineral character and beguiling complexity.
Complex, waxy and a bit nutty with ripe apple and citrus fruit. Has a little waxy, slightly mushroomy notes with brightness and some pithy hints. Complex, savoury and detailed.
~ 91 PTS, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
So as you’re waiting for Spring to finally arrive—or at least for the snow to melt—you can always bide your time with a good Chardonnay in your glass.
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