Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pilliteri Estates Winery

(Photograph taken by Tracy Carreau)

Pilliteri Estates is a family run winery that opened its doors in 1993. The winery is Canada's largest estate producer of Icewine. What makes Pilliteri an Estate Winery is the fact that they have over 12 acres of vineyards on same property of the winemaking facility.

I tasted and judged their 2005 Unoaked Chardonnay and their 2007 Sur Lie Chardonnay.

2007 Unoaked Chardonnay - $10.00

Visual: Light straw, crisp and very clear

Aroma: Lime, peach and pear.

Flavour: Very fresh with hints of lime, pear and tropical fruit with nice acidity.

My opinion: This wine was descent for an Unoaked Chardonnay. I didn’t find that there was very much flavour to it. However, because there was nice acidity it was very refreshing. For $10 a bottle you can’t go wrong.

My rating: 70/100

2007 Sur Lie Chardonnay - $15.00

Visual: Light straw.

Aroma: Nice nose, creamy, nutty with a hint of caramel and hazelnut.

Flavour: Very smooth, very nice and vibrant acidity, light cream with a hint of tropical fruit.

My opinion: Very nice acidity and a wicked nose (aroma). This wine promises to become better with a couple years under its belt. However, it’s a well-priced Chardonnay for the quality.

My rating: 75/100


  1. Kevin,

    You sure know your stuff. I haven't a clue about what makes for a great wine, but your insight is helpful. I do however appreciate your review on the Sur Lie Chard. I enjoy a good chardonnay and tend to cling to it because I have very little knowledge. I look forward to trying it out!

  2. Kevin the one with the lime flavor sounds fantastic!!! I love fruity wine ... it makes me feel like its summer time!!
    I will def look for this one sooN!