Ontario’s improving wine quality.


Ever since the 2007 vintage, the climate in Ontario has yielded good to very good quality fruit. This is partially attributable to global warming, also to better faming and wine making.

In the last decade, several small, high-quality oriented wineries came in stream making outstanding wines albeit in small quantities. These wines are available either in the winery store or by mail in Ontario, and in other provinces where legitimate.

Now, stunning Riesling that can go toe to toe with world’s best, delicate, and tongue caressing pinot noir from limestone vineyards, that, given the opportunity afforded by a sun soaked vintage, will simply astound the neophyte and connoisseur alike.

Lake Erie Northshore, Niagara Peninsula, and Prince Edward County, are the official regions entitled to the VQA designation. Niagara Peninsula now has sub-appellations, each of which shows distinct aromatic and flavour characteristics.

Other regions are starting to grow grapes due to global warming as well.

Below, please find a few Ontario wines I tasted recently:

White wines:

Posh Cuvee, 2011, Colchester Ridge Estate Winery – light, aromatic, flavourful and fruity.
$ 13.00

Poetica Chardonnay, 2010, Southbrook Winery (Organic and biologic) pale straw colour, brilliant, pear/apple aromas, mid-weight, well balanced, and flavourful.

Whimsy Chardonnay Lot 20, 2010, Southbrook Winery
Dark yellow, brilliant colour, ripe pear/apple aromas waft out of the glass. Delicious and intense.

Sirugue Chardonnay, 2011, Southbrook Winery
Intense, layered flavours in the mouth, refined and elegant. Deeply flavoured with a long and satisfying after taste.

Sketches Riesling, 2010, Tawse Winery – aromatic, petrol smells, light, fruity, and delicious. A summer sipping wine for patio drinking and light foods.
$ 17.95

Riesling, 2011, Cooper’s Hawk
Impressive pear, apple, citrus zest aromas dominate this wine.
Juicy, fresh, lively and graceful. Light and enjoyable on tis own or with light foods.

Chardonnay, 2009, Norman Hardie
Apple, apricot, orange blossom and mineral aromas are discernible. Very enjoyable with pan-fried pickerel, poached halibut, with chive-mayonnaise, or with Sauce Hollandaise.

Dessert wine:

Late Harvest Vidal, Strewn Winery
Subtle aromas of peach and apricot with caramel and citrus notes. Sweet, but well balanced. Superbly crafted with a lingering finish.
375 ml. $ 15.95

Red wines:

Rare Vintage Meritage, 2010, Coyote’s Run
This label is produced only in best vintages and from the estate fruit only.
Dark fruit aromas emanate from the glass. In the mouth, spicy and deeply flavoured with a long and pleasant after taste. Pair with braised beef ribs, hearty stews and hard flavourful cheeses.

Black Paw Pinot Noir, 2010, Coyote’s Run
Montmorency cherry and blackberry aromas waft out of the glass. In
the mouth, the wine caresses the tongue with a hint of spice.
Pair confidently with boeuf bourguignone, roast rack of lamb, grilled Portobello mushrooms, with hard cheeses.
Both Coyote’s Run wines above are available only at the winery.

Poetica Red, 2010, Southbrook Winery
Sweet ripe stone fruit aromas. Full bodied, elegant and refined. Well balanced and soft on the palate. Long aftertaste.

Cabernet Sauvignon. 2008, Colchester Ridge Estates Winery
Blackberry and black cherry aromas greet the nose. In the mouth chocolate flavours dominate. This full bodied, and intense wine should be cellared for three to four more years for further refinement. 90/100

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