G. Marquis Riesling Ice Wine 2010

You don’t see a lot of Canadian ice wine in Australia and due to its high cost method production it’s not cheap. ¬†Nonetheless, they are worth looking out for as they can achieve a non-cloying balance between sweetness and acidity, generally lack botrytis characters thus preserving purity of fruit expression and in the Niagara Peninsula’sContinue reading “G. Marquis Riesling Ice Wine 2010”

Mission Hill 5 Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2011

Is Canada is warm enough to produce good cabernet merlot blends? ¬†If this wine is indicative, yes. ¬†It has classic cabernet sauvignon aromatics of bay leaf and dark fruits. ¬†The palate has flavours reminding of dark fruits and cloves, while there is medium length and textural extract on the finish. ¬†Ready to drink now, thisContinue reading “Mission Hill 5 Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2011”

Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2011

Few I suspect would think of Canada as being a reasonably serious producer of anything other than ice wine, which is of course incorrect. ¬†The Okanagan Valley in the far east of British Columbia has a dry climate suited to the production of table wine styles, and there’s even a book written on the region.Continue reading “Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2011”

Short notes – Kirrihill Regional Range Clare Valley Riesling 2014, Stockman’s Ridge Rider Shiraz 2012 and Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2012

I apologise in advance that I am very much looking forward to an impending trip to Canada and writing about chance encounters with wines little seen on these shores. ¬†Mostly likely from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and Napa Valley, with a smattering of South American wine for good order. ¬†In the interim, hereContinue reading “Short notes – Kirrihill Regional Range Clare Valley Riesling 2014, Stockman’s Ridge Rider Shiraz 2012 and Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir 2012”

Merlot in Australia

  Introduction Given the quality ambitions of many Australian producers, the relative underperformance of merlot in Australia has always struck me as something of an anomaly that is worthy of further thought and attention.  So what is wrong then with Australian merlot? Like all good stories, we have an alleged culprit. Locally the finger generallyContinue reading “Merlot in Australia”

Cabernet Sauvignon ‚Äď Which clone is that? Or a possible riposte to terroir.

I think I believe in terroir, I do.¬† Wines that taste of a place.¬† An identification with stones, earth, soil, salty or foreign winds, fog and weather that all play their role in maintaining and augmenting this belief.¬† Or care free holidays.¬† But, for my sins, I am also somewhat rational, and wonder, and perhapsContinue reading “Cabernet Sauvignon ‚Äď Which clone is that? Or a possible riposte to terroir.”