This crisp, balanced wine from Pelee Island Winery opens with the fresh flavours of lychee and mandarin oranges. The citrus influence continues with an intense tangerine flavour. The 2008 Alvar Chardonnay Gewurztraminer is a 50/50 blend between, as the name suggests, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer, the presence of the latter complementing the wine with a closing note of spice.
Gary Killops of the Essex Wine Review believes this wine is “loaded with crisp acidity” that keeps it very refreshing.
Alvars comprise a small percentage of the Earth’s ecosystems by land extent. Although, some 120 exist in the Great Lakes Region, they comprise only 0.2% of the land area there. They provide a natural habitat for many rare birds, butterflies, plants and trees. The hop tree is one of them. A rare tree found in such Alvars along the shores of Lake Erie.
This wine is ideal ideal with seafood or grilled meats.