Though there have been fleeting moments of spring, it’s still winter(ish) weather here in Toronto. As I write this the skies are grey and the temperature is below zero. I don’t mind the cold, but I’m gearing up for patio season, and I honestly can’t wait, but there is an upside to this cooler weather: cozy Canadian Chardonnay.
We make some of the best Chardonnay’s in the world (in my opinion), and Hidden Bench’s 2014 Chardonnay is no exception. Toasty pineapple notes dominate on the nose, warming me up from the inside out. As I swirl the wine in the glass, I also smell hints of buttery popcorn - this is my kind of wine.
The Wine: Hidden Bench Chardonnay 2014
The Price: $29.95
The Grape: Chardonnay
The Location: Beamsville, ON
On the palette are flavours of butterscotch and toasted almonds. There’s an oaky spice to this wine and a refreshing hint of green apple flavours hit the back of the throat. When swirling the wine, I notice the wine coats the glass more heavily than a lot of the wines I’ve been drinking as of late. Swirling wine helps enhance the flavour by introducing oxygen into the wine, allowing it to breathe. It aerates the wine, which releases the aromatics in the wine itself. As a wine opens up, it reveals itself to you. A first sip may make a great impression, but it’s the second or third sip that really gets me excited.
This is a Chardonnay lover’s Chardonnay. It’s extra dry and perfect for a night in with a good book and a wool blanket. It’s also an exceptional wine any time of the year, warmer months included.
I’m a firm a believer that there’s a Chardonnay out there for everyone, you just have to find it. I think I may have met my match with this delightfully complex beauty from Hidden Bench.