2020 Catharine’s South Bay Chardonnay


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Straw yellow in colour. In its adolescent state. Aromas of barrel spice, baked apple, honey and a hint of butterscotch. The palate reveals a mouthful of creamy elegance highlighted by dry-edged honey scented orchard fruit and lightly toasted notes. Grown on limestone, one senses the pure terroir-driven nature and all-encompassing “minerality” in a cool climate setting. A wine you would be happy to brush lips with at a party.  Unfailingly yours if kept for 2-3 years.

Un chardonnay classique vieilli partiellement en fût de chêne. Un nez élégant d’épices, de pommes cuites et de miel avec un soupcon de caramel. Une texture crémeuse en bouche qui dévoile des saveurs grillées, de pommes bien mûres avec un légère touche florale. Un vin qui doit vieillir et qui s’exprimera dans les deux ou trois prochaines années.

Wine Specs

  • Sugar – 1.3g/L
  • Alcohol – 13%
  • Brix – 21.8
  • Aging – 2300L was aged 15 months in French oak of which 30% was new barrels blended with 1000L left in tank
  • Production – 370 cases

Food Pairings

  • Crab & leek risotto
  • Seared scallops with charred potato salad and lemon oil
  • Mushroom & goat cheese ravioli
  • Crisp skin salmon with tarragon brown butter
  • Cheese – Brie, Swiss, Jack

Recommended Enjoyment

A great compliment to any meal. Showcase this wine while hosting a fancy dinner party and as it flows, so will the conversation. Just don’t open while cooking, otherwise it might not make it to the table…the wine nor the host.


Carolyn Evans Hammond

Oct 30, 2021

92 Points

Yet another example of just how well-suited our province is to Chardonnay, this bottle is full of intrigue and sensual appeal. At first, it offers soft lemon and baked apple scents. Then, a graceful entry feels lithe and polished, yet complex. Ripe pear shifts toward grapefruit zest before cool suggestions of crushed oyster shells, Marcona almond, honeycomb and nutmeg emerge. Much finesse to be found in this medium-bodied dry white wine.

Michael Godel

Jun 20, 2021

92 Points

When it comes to growing grapes there is no place in Ontario like South Bay, or anywhere for that matter. In fact you’d hardly believe you were in Ontario were you to stand in St. Catherine’s Vineyard, especially after the harvest and through the late fall weather months. Grapes work hard here, toughen up and find resilience. They make important, erudite and artistically fiscal chardonnay. Varietal vines that deal in the rhythms of this place are architects of energy and Huff’s are loaded with the stuff. Usually about 70 per cent barrel-aged (30 per cent new) and it shows with crème caramel, glazed pineapple and preserved lemon. The South Bay acidity never wavers, takes control and then a bite out of the insides of the mouth. Any chardonnay that bites back like this should be one to call a friend. Tough love and tension are so very P.E.C. and expressly South Bay. Huff merely takes heed, does what needs and in 2019 crafts an ideal example of chardonnay. Drink 2022-2026. Tasted June 2021.

John Szabo, MS

Jun 20, 2021

91 Points

This could well be the best chardonnay in memory from Huff Estate’s relatively warm South Bay Vineyard (in PEC terms, that is) with vines approaching 20 years. There’s no obtrusive wood influence (70% aged in wood, of which about one-third was new), with well-measured, white orchard fruit-flavours, fresh oatmeal and yeast flavours mixing in. Acids are in line, and there’s an appealing salinity/sapidity on the back end and lovely balance. Length and depth are very good to excellent. Drink or better yet hold a year or two. Tasted June 2021.

David Lawrason

Jun 20, 2021

91 Points

Huff’s South Bay Chardonnay has been a County leader for years. The vines in the southernmost part of PEC are now hitting 20 years of age. This is a very fine, delicate chardonnay with classic County minerality. The nose is very complex with subtle peach, hazelnut, toast and vanillin from 15 months in French oak. It is lean, just a bit tart with mouth-watering stoniness and some bitterness on the finish. The length is excellent. Tasted June 2021


National Wine Awards - Silver


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