2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir – Vintages 372839 – $22.95 – **** – This bottle is made with Prince Edward County fruit. Aromas of cherry that goes from ripe red to candied climb out of the glass. Prince Edward County is home to fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but we are heading into the brave new world with other varietals. If this Gamay is any indication the future is bright for the County. The flavours match the nose with very ripe cherry flavours and very nice concentration of fruit but the finish is bright with great acidity and a nice pepper note on the finish. Light and fruity this is a perfect bottle to match with fish or chicken from the grill but the ripe fruit flavours will pair nicely with grilled red meat as well. The food pairings are wide open with this wine.
2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – Vintages 512178 – $44.95 – ****+ – This wine tells a story of elegance from start to finish. The aromas are complex but subtle. A nice baking spice note is layered over apple, peach and a citrus note. I know that winemaker Thomas would talk to me about how I should hold onto a bottle for a few years and see how this evolves. But there is no guilt or issue to be had with opening and enjoying this bottle right now. This bottle is balanced in pretty much every sense of the word – a texture that starts to feel heavy on the mid palate is met with perfect acidity. This is a Chardonnay that would be welcome at a table with any cream based pasta sauce or fried chicken. However, ideal pairing to this wine is a second glass.