Pale gold. Bouquet of pears, apples and spice. Medium-bodied; tastes of melons, apples and ripe pears. Straightforward, good entry-level white Burgundy.
As strikingly singular and memorable as the natural wine producer herself, Manzoni Bianco is a cross of Riesling and Pinot Bianco. embodying both the citrus purity of Riesling and the perfumed orchard blossoms of the Bianco. This grows in the calcareous clay hills above Trento and was fermented on the skins in cement tanks, followed by 12 months of aging in acacia casks. Pink perfumed blossoms, bruised quince, yellow fruit on a light bed of nut, nectarine and slick of herbal oil. A quiet hum of minerals and white grapefruit on the finish. This wine will turn more honeyed and nutty with time.
This Carménère from Chile’s first and oldest winery has an expressive nose of bold red fruits, sweet spices and cracked black pepper. It’s quite friendly on the palate with velvety tannins, juicy red fruits and integrated spice notes.
Dense purple in colour; cedary, blackcurrant nose; medium to full-bodied, fresh and lively on the palate with blackcurrant and plum flavours finishing on supple tannins.
A new Pinot Noir from Tawse! Even though it comes from young vines, there is nothing but class and elegance in the glass. Cranberry, red cherry, raspberry, wildflowers, herbs, vanilla and spice are built on a svelte body and dusty tannins. Superb length, and it should be drunk over the next 3–4 years. As the vines mature, quality will only get better, and personally I can’t wait.
This is a Cabernet/Merlot blend that offers up rich and ripe red fruits, currants, aromatic wood spice, vanilla and earth on the nose. It is dense and layered with highly extracted dark berries, liquorice, clove/cinnamon spice and meaty fruits all built on a firm foundation. This is one fabulous red with decades of aging potential. Serve with barbecued ribs or roasted meats.
From some of the Okanagan’s oldest vinifera plantings, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot yields aromas of dark berry fruits and leather, followed by a broad, medium-bodied palate, with good weight and focused fruit (ripe but not extracted), with vibrant dark berry and spicy notes, supple tannins and a lengthy, gently peppery finish.