Ruby-purplish. Mixed small red fruits, a touch of spice. A slight vegetal edge brings freshness. Very soft on the palate; velvety tannins; medium to full body with a nice roundness. It finishes barely firm with good length. Ready to drink, it will go nicely with charcuteries.
Chilean Syrah has improved so much over the last 5 years. This example is dense purple-black in colour which speaks to the level of ripeness and the extraction. The spicy, herbal nose of savoury black fruits is nicely contrasted with the sweet blackcurrant and plum flavours carried on lively acidity. Good value.
From a single block in the Lillooet estate vineyard, stainless steel fermented and aged in bottle for 9 months. Vibrant up front orchard and stone fruits with some honeyed notes, followed by a generous, off-dry palate accentuated by apple and peach flavours with undertones of citrus and green apple; well balanced acidity, with a hint of minerality and intensity of flavours through a long close.
Clear medium-deep yellow. Nose of sweet apple drizzled with lime and pineapple juice. A warm vintage produced an unusually rich and fruity Chablis with finely honed acidity highlighting peach and lemon-lime flavours. At its best now. This slices cleanly through a rich pasta Alfredo and nicely accents the lemon in a Caesar salad.
This single-vineyard, estate-grown traditional blend of 81% Chardonnay and 19% Pinot Noir spends over 3 years sur lees. Gold in the glass; persistent, fine bubbles with a good mousse and toasty classic biscuit aromas; apple and citrus on a medium-bodied palate with good mouthfeel, leesy and definite Pinot notes, citrus undertones and keen acidity.
Black Hills’ second-label ode to winemaker Graham Pierce’s assistants uses culled-out free-run juice wine. This inaugural blend of Pinot Blanc/Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc and Sémillon unleashes fresh aromas and juicy flavours: floral, orchard fruit, citrus and honey. Patio party!
Fragrant aromas of forest floor, violets, red cherry and sassafras capture its varietal essence. This earthy, savoury theme resonates on the tart, lean palate, accompanied by a cherry core, dry tannins, spicy overtones and a mineral-backed finish. Try with hot-smoked salmon.