After Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, most people tend to be less inclined to think about buying wine, spirits, or liqueurs.
The Vintage’s buyers know this, and the first release of the year is always full of outstanding values.
This release is no different than those in the past.
Here are my recommendations:
The Arrand Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength Single Malt
This small Scotch distiller produces 750 000 litres of whisky a year and is known for quality and distinct flavour of its products.
A smooth, flavourful, spicy whisky at 51.6 per cent ABV.
0299321`, 700 ml. $ 75.95
Foxglove Chardonnay, 2010, Varner Wine, Central Coast, California
A mid-weight chardonnay with ample pear/apple aromas, citrus flavour, and long satisfying finish.
0262022, $ 19.95
Grand Reserva Roussanne, 2010, Luis Felipe Edwards, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Roussanne originates from the Cotes du Rhone region in France and grows well in Chile’s Colchagua Valley.
Aromas of honey, beeswax, jasmine and melon waft out of the glass.
The mouth feel is creamy and intense. An excellent value.
0309740, $ 16.95
Santa Digna Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Miguel Torres, Curico Valley, Chile
This 100 per cent sauvignon blanc smells of lemon/peach, and cut grass.
Very refreshing and light.
0177444, $ 13.95
Black paw Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Coyote’s Run, Niagara Peninsula
Smells of dark fruits, tobacco leaf emanate from the glass. Firm and “juicy” on the palate with a good structure and pleasant finish.
Enjoy with roast lamb, or grilled lamb chops.
0050450, $ 24.95
Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2009, Tawse Winery, Niagara Peninsula
Tawse winery has excelled wince its inception with its modern and gravity flow design.
Aromas of ripe cherries, and exotic spices dominate the nose. In the mouth, this mid-weight wine reveals its true character with intense layered fruit.
0130997, $ 31.95
Pinot Noir,2008, Carabella, Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon, U S A
Oregon produces some of the best pinot noir wines in the
U S A, This velvety, plum and berry mid-weight wine in delicious in its balance and elegance.
0180125, $ 29.95
Zonte’s Footstep Single Site Shiraz, 2009, Baron von Nemesis, Barossa Valley, Australia
0212936, $ 17.00
Bricco Dei Guazzi Barbera D’Asti, 2008