Light golden in hue, this biodynamic Pinot Noir/Chardonnay from Bendigo, Central Otago spent 24 months on the lees, and it is integrated beautifully. That savoury lees is joined by red apple, delicate florals and cherry, all grounded by a subtle brioche nuttiness and lifted by crisp mineral and pink-grapefruit vibrancy. Fresh and complete, with a lingering pithiness on the very lengthy finish.
Love the aromatic nose of freshly mown grass, melon, lemon and kiwi fruit. In the mouth, the fruits are fresh, vibrant with just a touch of sweetness. Try with fresh, grilled white fish.
Pale yellow. Citrus, apple, a mineral scent and biscuit notes on the inviting nose. Sharp attack, lively acidity, fresh fruity taste with a tad of dosage for roundness. Drink now.
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley Islay Single Malt ($70) Unpeated Islay malts are not all that common, but this example from Bruichladdich is certainly proof that you don’t need smoke to create complexity. Sweet barley, a whiff of spice, citrus (which becomes more intense with a dash of water) and honey notes combine with a whisper of sea spray on the nose. Smooth and silky in the mouth, it perfectly balances traces of lemon, honey, caramel and crème brûlée with a long, subtly peppery finish.
A nose of ripe cherry-vanilla, raspberry and wild berry with a savoury touch. The palate shows mature cherry flavours, savoury herbs and woodsy-oaky notes with earth and clove on a smooth and silky frame.
Medium-deep garnet, with a smoky oak nose overlying raisins and cherries. Bursts in the mouth with delicious plum and raisin fruit, but perhaps a bit too much alcohol. Drink over the next couple of years.
Cab Sauv (57%) — backed up by Merlot and Cab Franc — continues to charge forth in this iconic Canadian red blend. Complexity and panache permeates from start to finish: fragrant raspberry and cedar aromas to blackcurrant and mocha flavours to a savoury sage-and-cigar-box finish. Glad to see that their new sit-down tasting room offers samples of multiple back vintages. Embrace this classic steak wine.