If you like your Chablis tasting like biting into a green apple, this is the wine for you. Pale straw in colour with a green tint. The nose is minerally, lemon and green apple. Medium-bodied and crisply dry, it has a long, zesty finish.
Full ruby. Distinguished, pure nose of red fruits with a floral touch. Balanced on the palate, fine tannins, discreet acidity and adequate fruit. Long finish. Overall an elegant wine that drinks well now and for the next 8 to 10 years.
Lengthy skin contact delivers a truly appealing, medium salmon colour, with stone fruit, quince and orchard fruits up-front, followed by a just-dry palate, citrus and nectarine hints and a touch of spice.
Complex bouquet rolls out lemon drop, peach, ripe yellow pear and a trace of tropical fruit, with succulently ripe green and yellow fruit and unctuously smooth creamy texture in the mouth. Crisp citrus and subtle almond notes round out the long finish.
Made by macerating small, intensely flavoured peaches, this 18% alcohol liqueur is a deep bronze colour, with in-your-face peach aromas. Rich and viscous, sweet as a fresh peach pie, set off with a tinge of peach-pit bitterness.
Inaugural, premium release from the owners of East Kelowna’s Reimer Vineyard (formerly bottled as vineyard-designate wines by Foxtrot and Meyer), farmed with organic practices. Lifted cherry and savoury hints on the nose followed by a delicately balanced palate with a definite nod to Burgundy that juxtaposes focused fruit with elegant structure; strawberry notes with a hint of spice, a distinctive mineral streak and well-managed new oak (11-1/2 months) as the wine evolves in the glass.
Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven on Earth) is a cool-climate enclave in the Western Cape region. The combination of cool influence and 9 months of oak aging has helped to produce an elegant Chard with a deep yellow colour and a bouquet of pineapple, spice, buttered popcorn, spice and peach compote. Full malolactic was done, so the palate is creamy, with added nuances of apple and citrus. Drink over the next 3 years. As a side note, while rating this wine, I received news that Tim Hamilton Russell, the man who pioneered the first plantings and winery (namesake) in Hemel-en-Aarde, had passed away. He was a true visionary and a staunch advocate of South Africa’s transformation from a quantity-based industry to quality. RIP.