Vallee de Colchagua, Chile
Garnet red/purple with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of green pepper, earth, cinnamon, chocolate and dark fruit. Good balance with just a very slight sweet entry. The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium finish.
Lemon yellow in colour with medium-minus intensity. The nose shows aromas of baked apple, spice, vanilla and orange blossoms. Well balanced with creamy texture. Well-integrated oak and fruit with flavours of citrus, tangerine and peach followed by a medium-plus finish. This is one of my favourite BC Chardonnays.
2014 Riesling (Silver Mane Block)
It is safe to say that BC grows some impressive Riesling in all its diverse wine regions. This example from Kamloops is no exception. Golden yellow colour with medium-minus intensity. Apple and pear on the nose with just a lovely hint of classic ‘petrol’ to give it added complexity. Good balance, clean, crisp and refreshing. Apple, tree fruit, citrus and melon flavours on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. At only 11.6% ABV, this is an ideal summer thirst quencher. I enjoyed a glass or three with pan fried halibut and curried noodles.
2015 Langhe Rosso
Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Aromas of red fruit, bramble and vanilla on the nose. Good balance with a very slight sweet entry. Red fruit, berries and savoury noes on the palate followed by a medium finish.
San Pietro in Cariano, Italy
I was very pleasantly surprised with this wine. Garnet red with deep intensity. The nose is rich with meaty, plum and dark fruit aromas. Very good balance and body. Big in the mouth with flavours of plum, red berries, blueberry, bramble and menthol followed by a medium-plus finish.