Pale straw in colour with a spicy orange blossom and peach bouquet, it’s medium weight on the palate with flavours of peach, Granny Smith apple, a thread of minerality and a fine spine of acidity. If you like Pinot Grigio, this could be your passport into enjoying Greek wines — even if you can’t pronounce their indigenous grapes. Great patio wine.
Purple colour. Slightly perfumed, with intense raspberry, light spices and oak notes. Delicious fruity taste, impressive volume and intensity in the middle palate. Supple tannins, velvety texture and a tight finish. Ready to drink.
Flagship blend of Sauvignon Blanc (80%) sourced from Similkameen with Semillon (20%) from Oliver. A judicious use of oak sees 55% fermented in French oak and the balance fermented in stainless steel barrel. Upfront citrus and lime with tropical undertones followed by a layered palate of lemon lime, grapefruit and guava with generous mouthfeel, subtle oak and a touch of minerality.
Tight with searing acidity and mouth-watering well-defined notes of green apple, mushroom, lime and wet stones. Complex long finish. Enjoyable now but will continue to reveal its depth over the next five to nine years.
Pitch-black colour with chocolate malt aromas and hints of coffee. On the palate, starts off with a little sweetness then hints of chocolate malt followed with a slight very pleasant bitterness, finishing with more hints of sweetness. Very pleasant, smooth, and drinkable with great balance between sweet and bitter.
The 2008 Pontet-Canet is one of the stars of the vintage. Full-bodied, there is an opaque black colour and a bouquet of toast, smoke, blackcurrants, blackberries, cherries, raspberries and vanilla. Backing it all up are some serious tannins, which necessitates 5 more years of cellaring. Drink over the subsequent 20 years.
The nose shows lovely blackcurrants, cassis, chocolate-mocha, eucalypt, herbs and oak spices. It is youthful on the palate but still displays intense layers of ripe black fruits, dusty tannins, mint and spice through a long, smooth finish. There is also a fair amount of acid in this refined Napa Cab. Hold for a few years.