The first release on April offers spirits from Canada, Scotland, and Mexico, wines from France, Australia, the USA, Argentina, Italy, Chile and Spain.
The second release on April 28 features whites from New Zealand and many fine red wines from California.
Here are my favourites:
Brookdale Semillon, 2011, Tyrell, Australia
Hunter Valley located north of Sydney grows the best-tasting Semillon in Australia. This Semillon smells of lemon juice, and lime leaf. It is dry, fresh, cleans and racy with a satisfying finish.
Marie de Beauregard Vouvray, 2009, Saget La Perriere, Loire Valley, France
Chenin blanc is the most versatile white grape variety of the Loire Valley. This Vouvray, from a sub-region of the Loire appellation offers layers of pear distillate, quince flavour, and dried persimmon along with lively minerality. Long finish.
Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009, Le Clos Jordanne Winery, Ontario, Canada
From the best parcel of the vineyards surrounding the winery, this Chardonnay smells of Granny Smith apples and citrus fruits. It is well balanced with an excellent mouth feel and minerality. Long intense finish. Suitable for delicate white-fleshed fish and meats prepares appropriately for it.
Piedra Negra Malbec, 2007, Francois Lurton, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
This single vineyard malbec from Mendoza’s Uco Valley was fermented with the ambient yeast on the fruit, and aged fro 18 months in French oak barrels. Opaque in colour, it offers toasty oak, lavender, exotic spices, plum and blackberry flavours. It is well structured and intense.
Shiraz, 2009, Kenwood, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Smells of red plum, roasted meat waft out of the glass. This is an easy wine to enjoy and can be consumed now, or cellared for two to three years. Deeply flavoured and long in aftertaste.
Vacqueyras, 2009, Domaine de La Colline St. Jean, Cotes du Rhone, France
Blended using grenache, and syrah the winemaker was able to cerate a bouquet of blackberries, garrigue and pepper flavours. The wine is dense with well-integrated tannins and long satisfying aftertaste. Enjoy with medium-rare steaks, or game stews.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2208, Grgich Hills, Napa Valley, California, USA
An excellent Napa cabernet sauvignon with lots of dark fruit and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, well extracted and endowed with a long intense aftertaste. Cellar for three years or longer.
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