Typical richly ripe and spicy Aussie Shiraz but surprisingly restrained raspberry and blackberry fruit. Nothing jammy here and acidity is lively with lightly firm dry tannins. Excellent value.
Straw yellow with green reflections. Quite oaky, menthol and citrus complete the complex nose. Lively acidity, fatty and some bitterness in the finish. Well done if you like the exuberant style.
Like the crown on the head of a king, a proud foam collar stands atop this clear, golden ale with cascading tiny bubbles that dance up the traditional pilsner glass. On the nose, soft crackers and pizza dough malt with light floral hops. Light crackery malt and doughy baguette, with faint lemongrass and floral hop notes on the tongue. With mild bitterness, it has a soft round malty finish that dries out slightly. It’s a light-bodied lager with medium-to-high carbonation and a gentle malt character.
This has a bold nose of savoury red fruits, liquorice, spice and cassis with anise and earth accents. It’s certainly a bolder style Pinot with concentrated red fruits, and earthy-spicy notes, but the muscular style is not out of proportion at all.
It is my belief that this is the best Syrah being made in Ontario. Unlike many other renditions, which tend be over-extracted and manipulated so as to appear more Shiraz-like, this wine embraces its Ontario origins. Full-bodied, it busts out the pepper, smoke, hickory, violets, cassis, oregano and raspberry. The tannins are smooth, and the flavours echo long.
Dense and thick anise, potent leather, black liquorice, and ample kirsch, blackberry, dried black plum in this dry-farmed, old-vine Carignan from Maule. There’s a fragrant, dusky potpourri spicing this potent, ripe, dense, thick palate, with concentrated salty wash on the hot finish. Requires equally dense red meats to match the intensity. Decant.
This is the first sparkling wine from Ontario that comes packaged in a radically cool single-serve can. It’s made with 100% Vidal with a shot of Vidal Icewine and produced using the Charmat method for bubbles. The nose shows lemon, apple, biscuit, toast and fresh tropical fruit notes. It has a gentle bubble in the glass and on the palate, with a fruity, slightly sweet taste, but nicely balanced out by freshening acidity.