The theme of this release is warm weather Australian wines to satisfy summer wine drinking needs.
The taste of a few wines was appealing, but Tasmanian wines are missing, although this island’s chardonnays, Rieslings, and pinot noirs are perfect for summer BBQ and party events.
Also missing were wines from southern Victoria. A minor theme featured in this release relates to “value wines” from Alsace, Loire Valley, Beaujolais, Rhone Valley, Cahors, and Languedoc. The heading Cheers 150 years recommends several sparkling, rose, white and red wines.
My recommendations are:
Glenfarclas Vimy Ridge 15-Year-Old- Cask Strength Highland Single malt, Grants and Sons, Scotland
Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the most significant battle in Canadian military history, this superb whisky is relatively pale, but potent, smooth, and delectable.
Enjoy this refined spirit neat with a splash of water, and a whisky glass or snifter.
700 ml., $ 153.95
COQ Grande Champagne Premeir Cru Cognac, Jean Fillioux, Charente Maritime, France
Opens up with aromas of pear, and ripe white rgapes. A fien, elegant cognac fromt eh sub-appelaltion of Grande Champagne. Supple but vigorous mid-palate with a ologn finish.
700 ml., $ 76.95
Brut Rose Campagne, Tarlant, Chapagne, France
Expect starwberrya roams, citurs, and hazelnut aromas.Good acidity along with a hint of mienrality. Dry, light, refreshing, and refined.
Les Empreintes Extra Brut, l;aherte Freres, Chamaopgne, france
Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Thornbury, marlborouhg, new Zealand
Light yellow wit6h rgeen tinges. Cut grass, lemongrass and meadow floweraromas jumpt out of the glass. Medium weight, well balanced with a fien acid backbone to enhance grilled seafood, marinated squid, calamari, cold cuts, and pan-fried scallops.
Reserve Gruner Veltliner, 2015, Markus Huber, Traisental, Austria
Viognier, 2015, Creekside Estates, Niagara Peninsula
Chateau Rocfort Blanc, 2016, Bordeaux
Hattenheim Nussbrunnern Riesling Kabinett, 2008, Schloss Schonborn, Rheingau, Germany
Chateau Roquefort Blanc, 2016, Bordeaux, France
Pinot Gris, 2015, Underwood, Oregon, U S A
Les Pas de L’Aigle Gigondas, 2013, Pierre Amadieu, Rhone valley, France
Dark brilliant red. Opens up with plum and blackberry aromas. A whiff of tar is noticeable. a fine, well balanced, well structured, solid wine, with an excellent finish. Cellar for three to five years.
Jaraman Shiraz, 2015, Wakelfield, Clare and McLaren Valleys
Both valleys are cooler than Barossa valley, and this shiraz offers blackberry and mulberry aromas. Opaque in colour this dry, full bodied wine with a fine acid backbone is “juicy” and compelling. The tannins would soften with two to three years of cellaring, but you can air with fatty stews, or medium-well grilled hamburgers, or semi soft cheeses.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California
Finca Ygay Reserva, 2012, Marques de Murrieta, Rioja, Spain
Campo Leon Amarone della Valpolicella, 2011, Latium Morini, Veneto, Italy
Monte Hiniesta, 2011, Allegro con Spirito, Toro, Spain
Domaine les Bugadelles, 2014, Pys dòc, France
Gamay noir, 2014, Tawse, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Reserve Rose, 2016, Famille Perrin, Rhone Valley, France
Amarose, 2016, Foreign Affair, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario