An interesting Viognier/Chardonnay blend from a difficult vintage. Medium-deep silver-yellow colour. Piña colada nose with flowers and a bit of spice. Full-bodied, soft and fruity (peaches, apricots) on the palate, with sweetness balanced by acidity. Enjoyable with crisp-fried smoked trout served with gnocchi and a nut-oil-and-arugula dressing. Drink soon.
This is the long-awaited first release from a winery that will not officially open its doors until 2016. Several barrel samples I have tasted provide compelling evidence that Lightfoot and Wolfville is destined to do great things in Nova Scotia. Subtle richness on the nose is reminiscent of Premier Cru Burgundy, revealing lemon citrus, buttery spice, a deft touch of vanillin and an elegant hazelnut backdrop. Rounded richness plays through on the palate with incisive green apple and citrus flavours, focused minerality and brisk acidity. Bright fruit and mellow, leesy notes linger on the finish. This extraordinary wine has only been in the bottle for a short time. It will continue to develop for years to come.
This great-value Grüner is pale straw in colour with a minerally, peach-pit nose and a light floral top note; medium-bodied, white peach and lemon flavours freshen the mouth. Remarkably elegant for the price with good length.
Delicate floral and tropical fruit scents with attractive tropical fruit follow through on the palate. Medium bodied nicely balance, refreshingly light style. Crisply fresh citrus notes give an appetizing lift on the finish.
What a gorgeous Okanagan Cab Sauv, so rich and fulsome with an attractive nose of blackberry, raspberry, bramble, currants, plums, saddle leather and barrel spices. It’s not overpowering on the palate and shows some elegance to go with lush and savoury dark fruits, ripe tannic structure and brightening acidity through a long finish.
A strong oak presence melds with sweet pineapple, ripe peach, banana, tutti frutti, earth and white flowers. Rather fullish; there is some warmth, as well as a creamy finish. Drink now.
This is a 100% Riesling, which is off-dry (29g/l). There is brisk acidity and profile of lime, petrol, honey, mineral and grapefruit. It requires something spicy so that the sweetness can tame the fire. Try with Thai coconut curry or sushi with a heavy dose of soy sauce and wasabi.