A really nice Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of fresh summer flowers, riverbed minerality, pear, lemon, grapefruit and subtle cut-grass notes. It washes the palate with zippy citrus, quince, herbs and a nice core of minerals. Great summer wine or serve with oysters or goat cheese.
Tropical fruits, apples, minerals, tomato vine and minerals are all in the mix here. Light bodied, with a bright edge, there is medium length and a mineral after note. This wine needs food, so try it with bruschetta topped with feta cheese or herb and lemon marinated pork chops.
Perhaps the best, most complex and interesting Gamay being made in Niagara. This is wow wine, even though Gamay purists will scoff at the fact that 20‒30% of the fruit is aged in tight-grain French oak. But it works here beautifully. The expressive nose shows a range of plums, cassis and black cherry with toasted oak and spice notes. It’s juicy and spicy on the palate with hedonistic dark and red fruits and wood spice undertones. This is wow wine, and there is no reason you can’t cellar this for a bit.
A wine to drink on your knees. Medium straw in colour with a hint of lime, a nose of honey and peach and citrus fruits with an amazing balance between medium sweet fruit and zesty acidity. Just a joy.
This shows lovely freshness on the nose with a citrus core, green apple notes, baked bread and subtle toasted vanilla notes. The depth of flavour is a marvel with such beautiful texture from beginning to end. The focus is on the lemon/citrus flavours that light up the palate and turn mellow on the finish with just a hint of toasted spices.
In all my years of evaluating wine professionally, I have never seen an Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon with such a saturated/black colour. Then again, 2012 was an exceptional vintage for reds. This gold-medal winner at this year’s Ontario Wine Awards is full-bodied with a personality of crème de cassis, raspberry, herbs, mint, dried earth, spice and dried cocoa. The remarkable length and ripe tannins will ensure a decade of positive evolution.
Fresh stone fruit with exotic floral scent and succulent ripe apricot backed by stony mineral and rich honeyed notes in the mouth. Finishes with bracing acidity and lingering honeyed apricot notes. Demonstrates how well Viognier can do in southern Okanagan terroir.