2016 Gran Passione Rosso
Fossalta di Piave
Garnet red with deep intensity. The nose is layered with dark fruit, mint, earth and cocoa. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose with a medium-plus finish. Good value.
San Juan, Cuyo, Argentina
Garnet red with deep intensity. Red and dark fruit, bramble, mint and cocoa on the nose. Good balance. The fruit on the nose carries on to the palate followed by a medium finish. Fire up the barbecue and slap on some burgers and ribs.
Marques de Casa Concha
Limari Valley, Chile
Grown at altitude and aged for eleven months in French oak. Golden yellow with medium-light intensity. Aromas of honey, pear, butter, pineapple and vanilla on the nose. Very good balance with good structure and medium body. Pear, butter and minerality on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.
Church and State
Golden yellow with medium intensity. The nose is layered with aromas of apple, pear, pineapple, butter, honey and vanilla. Well balanced with good mouthfeel. The palate is well integrated with oak and fruit followed by a medium-long finish. This is an impressive BC Chardonnay.
2016 Tamarack Rosé
Salmon Arm, BC
Cherry red colour with medium intensity. Cherry, strawberry, peach, floral and melon on the nose. Good balance and mouthfeel. Slightly off dry, but balanced with juicy acidity. The flavours follow the nose. A medium finish. This is a crowd-pleasing patio wine.
(All photos – Sam Hauck)