Ontario wines are the feature of this release. Several white wines from Closson Chase, Creekside and 2027 Cellars stand out.
The sparkling wine from 2027 Cellars can compete with the best from anywhere.
The wines featured from south-western Ontario lack acidity.
The sherry manzanilla pasada tastes better than most manzanillas that I tasted to date.
Pur Plaisir Malbec from Cahors in south-western France is an absolute delight to pair with hearty stews, grilled game or beef, or country terrines.
Pastorana Manzanilla Pasada, Bodegas Barbadillo,Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
Dark yellow with brownish tinges. This 100 per cent palomino manzanilla smells of white flowers and nuts. On the palate, the flavours open to apples and rich concentration of aging characteristics. Finely balanced. Long finish
375 ml., $ 16.95
Grand Cru Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Duval Leoyy, Champagne, France
Pale yellow with greenish tinges. A 100 per cent chardonnay. Crisp, light and bright. Aromas of spring flowers waft out of the glass. Richly textured.
Queenstone Road Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, 2013, 2027 Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
On the nose this finely balanced wine smells of lemons and apples. In the mouth the wine enfolds its delicacy and depth of flavours and minerality. Nicely balanced.
Brute Cuvee de l”Ecusson, Bernard-Massard, Luxembourg
K J Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris, 2016, Closson Chase, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Pale yellow. Expect store fruit aromas, racy acidity, and purity of fruit. Dry, well balanced, mid weight and complex. Long aftertaste.
Marianne Hill Riesling, 2015, Creekside Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Brilliant yellow. Aromas of peach and apples dominate the nose. In the mouth, the wine tastes supple, with good acid backbone, Fine finish.
Chardonnay, 2015, Mountadam High Eden Winery, South Australia
San Bendetto Lugana, 2016, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
Chardonnay, 2015, Wilhelm Walch, Alto Adige, Italy
Albarino, 2016, Castelo do Mar, Rias Baixas, Spain
Merlot, 2014, Hall, Napa Valley, California
Intense dark red. Aromas of stone black fruit and blackberries waft out of the glass. Full bodied, intense, deeply flavoured, and finely balanced. Long and satisfying aftertaste.
Pur Plaisir Malbec, 2012, Chateau Haut Monplaisir, Cahors, France
Dark red with black tinges. Smells of dark stone fruits dominate the bouquet. This organic wine is impressive in its depth of flavours and displays a lot of strength. An outstanding expression of malbec from southern France.
Château Clarke, 2010, Baron de Rothschild, Medoc, Bordeaux, Franxce
Langerois Marsannay, 2014, Rene Bouvier, Burgundy, France
Les Halo de Jupiter Gigondas, 2014, Philippe Combie et Michel gassier, Rhone Valley, France
Cepparello, 2013, Isole e Olena, Tuscany, Italy
Amarone della Valpolicela Cassico, 2013, Farina, Veneto, Italy
Tinta de Toro, 2012, Yaso, Toro, Spain
Rose, 2016, Château Fontaine, Cotes de Provence, France