Top 5 wine picks for summer’s last hurrah!

By / Wine + Drinks / September 2nd, 2015 / 5

This weekend marks the unofficial end of yet another summer. What are your plans for summer’s last hurrah? We plan to fire up the barbeque and open a few bottles of our favourite wine. Chilled, of course! Here are our top 5 picks, taken straight from the pages of our September 2015 issue. Cheers and Happy Labour Day!

Thorn‒Clarke Pinot Noir/Chardonnay Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine, Eden Valley, South Australia
Don’t miss this great-value bubbly. Pale pink-gold in colour; a nose of cherries with a floral grace note. Medium-bodied, dry, easy-drinking; creamy on the palate with a sour cherry flavour.
Tasted by: Tony Aspler

SpierHead Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan
Bursting with vibrant orchard and tropical fruits, this complex, intense and textured Pinot Gris adds up to a superb expression of the varietal that balances its generous pear and palate with good acidity and restrained sweetness. Match it with grilled chicken and Waldorf salad.
Tasted by: Tim Pawsey

Blue Grouse Quill White 2013, BC 
A blend of Ortega, Pinot Gris, Gewürz and Müller-Thurgau, over 50% estate grown with grapes from just north of Summerland, adds up to a well-balanced workhorse of a blend with apple, citrus, stone fruit and definite mineral hints that can handle everything from simple seafood to lightly spiced Asian plates. (TP)
Tasted by: Tim Pawsey

Château Vignelaure Rosé 2013, AOC Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 
Clear pale copper-pink. Potent fruit-salad nose, everything from apples and oranges to rhubarb and strawberry pie. Medium-bodied, ever-so-slightly sweet with refreshing acidity and flavours of orange, persimmon and passion fruit with a long finish. A food rosé — pink wine with pink meat, so try this with smoky glazed ham and buttery mashed sweet potatoes. Drink now.
Tasted by: Ron Liteplo

Alois Lageder Gewürztraminer 2012, Alto Adige DOC
Pale straw with pink highlights. Effusive aromas of rose water, cinnamon and Turkish delight candy. Rich yet dry on the refreshing, mouth-watering palate. Fresh peach, citrus and ginger flavours. Very long finish with spicy notes throughout. Delightful on its own.
Tasted by: Harry Hertscheg


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