Brooding, dark and brawny, with grippy tannins framing the blackberry and dark cherry-fruit, an intriguing edginess and hints of fresh briary herbs. The fruit comes through again on the focused finish with a touch of bright minerality. A very good value.
Niagara Gamay such as this one, with both depth and structure, can legitimately give Beaujolais a run for its money. Boasts plenty of black cherry and spicy clove on the nose, luscious dark fruit flavours, solid structure and bittersweet spiciness on the finish. Age worthy.
Named after the vineyard whippet, Ziggy, and not a certain Ziggy Stardust, as I first thought. This is an interesting and entirely delicious wine from one of Vancouver Island’s shining stars. The nose shows a range of citrus, peach, apple and apricot. It’s light but fruity on the palate with a basket of perfectly dry apricot, grapefruit and peach fruits and zippy, refreshing lime zest on the finish.
Complex buttery, toasty, rich citrus and nutty notes on the nose offer plenty of promise which is delivered generously in the mouth. Full-bodied, rich lemon-citrus flavour is nicely balanced by bright acidity and drying mineral grip. Buttery, toasty and lemon-citrus flavours with a subtle touch of oak linger on the finish. Exceptional value!
Barbera d’Alba is one of the most underrated Italian wines. Deep ruby colour with cherry, plum and wood spice on the nose, wine is medium-bodied dry and savoury with a sour cherry flavour. Mellow tannins, well balanced with fresh acidity. Good value.
This modern-style Tuscan (60% Merlot, 40% Cab Sauv) displays a deep ruby colour. The fresh nose features floral, violets and vanilla spice, with rich blackcurrant and plum flavour. The French oak adds tannin, spice, polish and balance. Warm, spicy finish. Needs 3 to 5 years.
Dark, concentrated colour accurately foreshadows intense blackcurrant and blackberry character which is backed by cinnamon, clove and a whiff of green herb. Lightly sweet ripe fruit is supported by solid tannic structure, well-balanced acidity and a light splash of milk chocolate on the well-integrated finish.