Tidings Magazine Ratings – July /August 10

June 26th, 2010 | Posted in Chardonnay

Black Prince Winery by Evan Saviolidis

Located centrally in Picton, Black Prince is the brainchild of oenophile John Sambrook and winery general manager Geoff Webb. I have always been fond of their Melon de Bourgogne and the current release, the 2009, is reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc for its passion-fruit, lime and grassy aromas (86).

The Chardonnay Terroir Elite 2008 is the County’s first Chardonnay aged in local oak.  Having spent 10 months in barrel, it reveals Indian spice, caramel, cream, apple and figs (88).

As most vintners of PEC concentrated on dry wines, Icewine is not on their radar. So when the 2007 Rieslingtraminer Icewine was poured, it came as no surprise that it was sourced form Niagara-on-the-Lake grapes. Golden colour with sublime personality of peach, honey, golden delicious apple, dried apricots and golden raisins, it is concentrated and sweet (89).