Bordeaux meets Rhône! Mostly Syrah (90%) with a drizzle of Cabernet Franc (10%), the Notes d’Orphée offers up an aromatic profile showcasing dark plum, garrigue and mild gamey/flinty notes. Still a pup and needing a few years' age (or a good sloshing in one of those Final Touch Conundrum decanters), it nevertheless delivers powerful, concentrated, meaty flavours with a healthy dash of white pepper on the trailing edge.
A fruit cocktail blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. Dense purple-black in colour; a red berry nose with light oak notes; well structured and firm with black cherry and currant flavours and enough tannin to give the wine the ability to age.
Cabernet Franc struggled to achieve full ripeness in the relatively cool 2013 vintage. Wild raspberry, mint and cracked pepper meanders throughout from fragrant nose to medium-bodied palate to dry finish. Juicy acidity balances the firm tannins. Pairs well with roast chicken.
This well-priced sparkling Chardonnay from Burgundy is straw coloured with a toasty, apple and citrus bouquet. It's medium-bodied, dry, with lively lemon-lime acidity and flavours of apple and warm brioche.
No denying this is Gewürz, as the nose features a telltale combination of rose water, cold cream, pineapple, cardamom, honey and rose. Dry; the spice punches more on the palate and it finishes with good freshness.
These ranchers-turned-vintners are in good hands with vineyard manager Richard Cleave (of Burrowing Owl fame) and winemaker Michael Bartier (Okanagan Crush Pad). Fresh, clean lemon and apple aromas. Elegant and well-balanced with mid-palate heft. Complex finish brings out chalk, mineral and lemon zest. Sublime with grilled salmon fillets.
This Spanish gin undergoes a complex triple distillation process in which juniper, coriander and cardamom are infused into grain spirit, with lemon and orange citrus, including some whole fruit, with bitter Seville orange infused later. Juniper, coriander and citrus all come through on the aromatic nose, with sweet citrus and refined herbal flavours more pronounced on the ultra-smooth palate.