Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2015 Reviews

88 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – May 21, 2016

It’s tough to make unoaked chardonnay. This is very good with a lifted nose of apple and white plum fruit with some sweet herbal and floral tones. It is midweight and dry with a herbal apple flavoured palate with good length. Try with sauteed seafood. Tasted May 2016.

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – May 4, 2016

The minerality is more expressive with each passing vintage of Joie’s “Chablis-esque” Chardonnay, which is crucial, in my opinion, for a stripped down, unoaked version of this varietal. It shows a range of citrus and apple notes with that lovely and fresh river-rock minerality. The apple is ripe on the palate with sharp lemon and grapefruit that pops on the finish.

88 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – May 4, 2016

Sourced from two vineyards, one situated along the Skaha Bench and Joie’s own vineyard on the Naramata Bench, this orchard fruit-infused Chardonnay is richly textured despite its lack of contact with oak during fermentation or élevage. Potent Jazz apple and tropical fruit acidity add a counter-balance to the weighty, glycerol-coated mouth feel, leaving a crisp finish where citrus peel and light spice notes linger. Enjoy this refreshing, well-made Chardonnay in its youth. Drink now-2018.

88 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – April 27, 2016

A nicely defined unoaked chardonnay, notably different from previous vintages. Fresh, unadulterated, vibrant, pure and clean. There is pep and fruit here as well which is often lacking in this style of chardonnay. Modern, pleasantly tart and wholly appealing. Tasted April 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Un-Oaked Chardonnay

Silver Medal, 2016 Pacific Rim Wine Awards, California