Petite Riviere Vineyards & Winery2002 Chardonnay, LaHave River Vineyard
The nose of this wine suggests a relationship between Nova Scotia and that other great cold climate viticultural region, Chablis. In the nose, there is a minerally complexity reminiscent of slate/wet stone combined with popcorn and a yeasty character. The palate is clean with some of the yeast character carrying over. 100% malolactic has softened the acidity of this wine. Arguably the acidity is a bit too soft relative to the style of the wine, and for an appellation which can be expected to yield crisp, rather than fat, Chardonnays over the long haul.
Reviewed December 9, 2003 by Mark DeWolf.
Mark DeWolf is a wine educator, sommelier and wine editor. His approach to wine judging and education comes from the heart. Great wine, like great food is not merely a matter of technical precision, it is about its ability to evoke emotion. According to Mark, a great wine is a passionate experience and should conjure images of the people who made it and the land from which it originated.