Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  68817

Year after year, since the inaugural release of the 2006 vintage, Hidden Bench's blend of their three estate vineyards is among the most reliably impressive Canadian chardonnays, at an attractive price in the premium chardonnay universe. This 2017 is a topsy-turvy ride of ripe and tart fruit, sweet and fresh, lively and unctuous, with no obvious influence from oak aside from the creamy, lightly leesy texture that barrel fermentation and ageing often entails. I like the walk between density and liveliness, coming across as neither lean nor fat, just finding a happy milieu in the comfort zone. There's genuine depth of flavour here, the kind that only comes from low yields and careful farming. Admirable consistency. Drink now-2024. Score - 92. (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, June 27, 2019)