Mission Hill Winery2004 S.L.C. Chardonnay
Light gold in hue, this wine begins with rich and inviting aromas of citrus and apples. On the palate, it presents a superb array of fruit flavours, including tangerine and mango, with the spice of good French oak enhancing the fruit.
Typical of Mission Hill’s top tier S.L.C. bottlings, this wine was fermented and aged in French oak. The oak treatment is nicely conservative, so that the wood does not overwhelm the delicate fruit flavours. The wine has good weight on the palate but has the acidity and the minerality that adds up to a crisply dry finish – even an austere finish. This wine is drinking well now but has the structure to cellar well. 88 points.
Reviewed July 7, 2006 by John Schreiner.
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John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.