This striking blend of l’Acadie with Frontenac Blanc and Muscat Ottonel is grown at higher elevation on the North Mountain, bordering Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Delicate scents of green fruit with a subdued floral note and a trace of green herb evolve to bright green apple flavour with a distinct hit of lime. Delivered with a pleasing light spritz, it finishes just off-dry with appetising mineral grip and lively refreshing acidity. Ideal as an apéritif or anytime sipping.
The Gaillac region in southwest France produces some nifty red wines from grapes you may not have ever heard of. This wine is made from Duras, Broucal and a little Syrah. It’s deep purple-ruby in colour with an earthy black-fruit nose in which the small amount of Syrah sings through. Medium-bodied and dry, the smoky, savoury flavours make it the perfect red wine for barbecued meats.
The perfect summer sipper. The bouquet of orange blossom and honey suggests sweetness but the wine has a grapey, cidery flavour that finishes freshly in the mouth. Chill it well and serve it as an aperitif wine.
Ruby colour with a tawny rim; raspberry, vanilla and wood spice nose; medium-bodied, dry, sour-cherry flavour with a silky mouthfeel and a firm tannic finish. Needs a couple of years cellaring.
Medium ruby. Fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry, light oak note. Tight on the palate, a bit rough at this stage but there is a dense fruity core, promise of a positive evolution. Well balanced; the finish is firm and compact. Better wait 5 to 7 years.
Very Burgundian in style, medium-ruby in colour; cherry and raspberry nose with a note of oak spice; light and elegant on the palate with cherry and raspberry flavours. Pricey but spoil yourself.
No question this modestly priced Super Tuscan IGT isn’t quite what the blockbuster 2007 vintage was, but it’s still a super wine at a fantastic price. It’s a modern blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with an earthy nose of currants, cherries and small blackberries, mocha spice, leather and dried herbs. It is less concentrated than the 2007 but better balanced for short-term drinking. In all, an earthy, spicy red that shows red fruits, dark plums and minerals delivered on a racy spine of acidity.