Quails Gate GardonnayDespite the cold weather, in which I normally would rather snuggle up with a big meal and a boisterous red, my new cast iron grill has me dabbling in fish more than ever before, so, knowing that fish was going to be on the menu, again, it made sense to pair the meal with Quails’ Gate Chardonnay 2011, out of the Okanagan Valley.

On colour, this chardonnay holds a pale straw hue, and it isn’t until you nose this beauty that you start to get a sense of what you are in store for.  The scents alone are enough to make your mouth water as it is filled with the smells of green apple, citrus, some spice and light oak.  On the palate, you are met with tastes of melon, honey, with a creamy, buttery long finish. One of the things that also made this wine stand out for us on the palate is that though the fermentation process included some barrelling (50% tank, 50% barrel) the oak elements were lightly present and  not overbearing, allowing all of the wines elements to be noticed and appreciated.

If you’ve not had a chance to discover BC whites, this Quails’ Gate Chardonnay is a must add to your exploratory list.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $20.95.

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5.