Winemaker Fritz Hasselbach has fashioned a delicious wine at a bargain price. Deeply coloured straw colour with a spicy peach nose, it shows rich flavours of honey, peach and lime. Full on the palate and nicely balanced.
This blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca is an opaque coloured red which is chock-full of spice, black raspberries, dark cherries and floral aromas and flavours. It is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture. In other words, a perfect BBQ wine.
This has a gorgeous nose of apple, pear, roasted cashew, subtle vanilla, pineapple and a note of saline minerality. Such lovely texture on the palate with lightly toasted spice, creamy pear, crisp apple and tingling citrus acidity.
Vibrant salmon colour, lifted red berries followed by a bright, refreshing palate of wild strawberry, rhubarb and watermelon through a clean end.
A very stylish Tawny Port style showing raisiny, slightly burnt aromas reminiscent of Madeira and complex, rich dried fruit, toffee and enough acidity to temper the opulent sweetness.
Full disclosure: I’ve always had a soft spot for Martell cognacs — its Cordon Bleu expression was my regular favourite when i was younger and could afford it (and when it was in the market). Recently relaunched in Canada, Martell is back. Its VSOP “Medallion” sports an engaging, complex aroma suggesting spicy, polished wood, fragrant dried fruit and toasted nuts (apricot and almond) with a dash of powdered baking spice and vanilla. Round, supple and nicely balanced, it offers up layers of spicy orange peel, vanilla custard and cocoa. Lots of sweet fruit, but dry and crisp on the finish. The perfect foil to a cold Canadian winter.
Bright pale yellow. Aromatic nose of white fruits, a touch of asparagus and a nice minerality. Fresh attack; balance is on the acidic side with a light body. An intense and persistent fruity taste finishing on a dry minerality. Very nice on a warm day as an aperitif or with white fish.