My Wine Tasting Notes
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018 (BC $28)
From the winery, the “Hand harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed. The wine went through primary ferment in 500L French barrel puncheons. Complete malolactic fermentation followed by the wine being racked off solids before with a further 11 months maturation in French oak.”
Nose: Medium-plus nose with deep aromas of ripe lemon and pineapple, plus oak. The wine takes on toasty and apple aromas with air. You get the same aromas after decanting but can now add butterscotch.
Palate: Dry, lighter body but gets rounder and fuller with swirling. Pronounced flavours of butterscotch, pears, roasted pineapple and toast. Butterscotch gets stronger toward the finish. Medium acidity with decanting, but fuller-bodied. There is a VOC edge to the wine, plus some buttery texture combined.
Finish: Medium-plus length finishing smooth but quite oaky, along with butterscotch and pineapple. The wine with decanting has a tart fruit and a buttery component which adds to the oak, butterscotch, and pineapple flavours.
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Terraces Pinot Noir 2020 (BC $30)
The grapes come from a single estate-grown vineyard. According to the winery, the “Hand harvested fruit was destemmed then cold soaked for 3 days before being inoculated. The wine was hand plunged and left on skins for 30 days for tannin development. A full malolactic fermentation was completed with maturation in French oak barriques (20% new) for 12 months prior to bottling.”
Nose: Light aromas with red fruit, red cherries and candied cherries. With air, you get a touch of leather and dill aromas as well. Pronounced dill aroma with decanting, alongside the previously mentioned aromas.
Palate: Dry, round and smooth with a thicker mouthfeel. Medium intensity, fine-grained tannins. Red fruit and red cherry flavours followed with touches of leather and dill then floral. Light oak. The floral flavour gets stronger with swirling and you can add some candied cherries. Quite floral with decanting. Medium body, not quite as round. You gain a hint of herbs and cinnamon, along with the red fruit flavours.
Finish: Medium-plus length finishing dry with firmer tannins, oak, red fruit and a very light touch of pepperiness. Same firmer drying tannins and red fruit flavour with decanting, and to this, you can add cinnamon.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
You can order both wines from the Baillie-Grohman website: