Monte Creek Winery has been honoured by being awarded a silver medal for the 2017 Chardonnay Reserve through the international wine competition, Chardonnay du Monde®.
The 27th annual Chardonnay du Monde® competition of the World’s best Chardonnay wines, was held on March 11-13, 2020 at Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute at Saint Lager in the Burgundy wine region of France. Competing against a large concentration of Chardonnay wine and vast geographical diversity: 658 wine samples from 37 countries.
Chardonnay du Monde® occupies a special place amongst international competitions thanks to its worldwide scope and its rigorous method. Strict quality standards and optimal tasting conditions enabled the international judges to award 218 medals that are recognized as a reliable criterion for selection.
The 2017 Chardonnay Reserve is made from a selection of the very best of our Chardonnay parcels each year. In 2017, that was a mere 10 barrels — producing 224 cases. Fermentation began in tank for temperature control and finished in French oak barrels. The result is fresh aromatic fruit character enhanced by additional richness from extended time in wood (15 months). Approximately 1/3 were new and second-use barrels, adding complexity without overpowering the wine with oak notes.
Pronounced bright tropical, citrus and pear fruit are underlined by integrated baking spice, hazelnut and toast notes. The ripe fruit carries through on the plush and mouth-filling palate with integrated oak carrying though the lengthy finish.
Food Pairing: Enjoy with potato- or nut-crusted cod, seared scallops or roasted chicken with crispy skin and buttery mashed potatoes.