2020 Catharine’s South Bay Chardonnay

Bronze Medal


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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.

John Szabo, MS

Aug 17, 2021

90 Points

A lean and firm, high acid/low alcohol, slightly creamed corn/lactic expression of chardonnay from Huff estate’s South Bay vineyard, working, for the time being at two speeds, firm and tight but also on the more oxidative side of the spectrum. I like the succulent acids, the saline quality, the lingering finish showing genuine concentration. There’s a great deal of substance here, a wine that demands some patience and attention to fully understand – there’s a lot going on, and in the end, a wine of excellent quality. Try gain after 2023 – this should really reward a little patience. Tasted August 2022.

David Lawrason

Jul 20, 2022

90 Points

From a vineyard near the shores of South Bay, this chardonnay is showing both County delicacy and fruit depth from the ageing vines. It is quite classy with a generous nose of butter, cream corn, yellow apple plus light baguette, tobacco and spice from French oak. It is medium weight, fairly plush and glossy in texture with some warmth and excellent length. Tasted August 2022


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