LCBO Vintages Release
Family-run Blue Mountain has been an influential force in the evolution of the British Columbia wine industry since 1971. They began as suppliers of premium quality grapes to the region’s burgeoning wineries before moving to craft their own wines in 1991. The winery’s reputation is built on focused, limited production of finely crafted premium wines. There’s a subtlety and gentleness to Blue Mountain’s line-up that separates them from the pack.
For this Chardonnay, fruit is hand-harvested from sustainably-farmed vines, then whole-cluster pressed to ensure the purity of the juice. Grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and in new and old French oak barrels, then aged for nearly a year in neutral oak. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, which shows in a crisp undercurrent of green apple acidity.
Blue Mountain’s Chardonnay always displays great integration and nuance, offering layers of refined lemon, apple, and mineral in a fresh, long, crisp package. The 2016 displays complex flavours of orchard fruit, mineral, citrus, and toast with a fresh yet rich lemon character and complex anise notes on the finish. The structure of the wine will allow it to age beautifully for four to six years.
“It would be tough to find a better chardonnay for the money. Blue Mountain takes elaborate care to strike the balance between flavour depth and freshness. This 2016 was fermented and matured both in stainless steel and wood, with the latter proportion, 70-per-cent, spending 10 months on its lees in new to three-year-old French oak barrels. Just 10-per-cent saw malolactic fermentation. Silky and vibrant, the wine suggests peach and lemon, with toasty-smoky depth and Chablis-style minerality. Versatile at the table.”
91 points, Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, March 2018