IN THIS MONTH’S THREE-PACK
Classic examples of the finesse that Stratus achieves in its wines, with a deeply complex merlot, a picture-perfect sauvignon blanc and a very rare botrytis-affected semillon.
Stratus Merlot 2015
There’s so much complexity in this wine, you might not recognize it as merlot. Ripe plum, chocolate, cassis and black olive — this wine is fruit forward, concentrated and multi-layered. Pair with rich fall meaty fare.
2017 Stratus Sauvignon Blanc
Sancerre in style, but resolutely Stratus in execution. It helps that winemaker JL Groux hails from the Loire. An elegant, refined wine with tropical tones and a clean and stony character. Pair with ceviches and grilled white fish.
2017 Stratus Botrytis Semillon
A very rare wine from Stratus. This wine is sweet, but it’s not really a dessert wine. Laser precise with fresh apple, citrus, pineapple, marmalade and honeycomb. Pair with blue cheese, rich terrines and foie gras, or sweet and sour stir fry.
Rosewood Estates Winery
In this month’s three-pack, you will receive an aromatic gewürztraminer-mead blend (yes, mead!), crisp riesling, and bold cabernet franc that will have you buzzing about Rosewood Estates Winery.
2018 Mead Blanc
A silky blend of gewürztraminer grapes and estate honey fermented together. Wildflowers, fresh lime, and tropical fruit sail out of the glass leaving you with a hint of honey on the tongue. The perfect partner for Asian cuisine from spicy curries to sashimi and soy.
2016 Cabernet Franc
VQA Beamsville Bench, $40.00
The secret to this rich unfiltered red is minimal intervention in the winemaking process, natural yeast fermentation, and ample aging in French oak barrels. Ripe black fruit, spice, and smoke will liven up your palate and nothing will balance the tannins better than barbecued fare.
2017 Riesling AF
VQA Niagara Escarpment, $15.95
Not your average riesling. Wild yeast adds to the complexity of this wine. Expect tart granny smith apple, apricot, and citrus with racy acidity that pops on the palate. This is a wine made for delightful canapés and lazy Sunday brunches with friends.
Malivoire Wine Company
Two of Malivoire’s signature reds — the gorgeous Small Lot Pinot Noir and supple Stouck Merlot. Plus an elegant sparkler making a summertime debut.
Malivoire Stouck Merlot 2015
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, $34.95
One taste of this wine and you will say to yourself “I need more merlot in my life.”
Silky smooth with generous berry fruit, a refined savoury quality, and just a touch of
(mostly old) oak. Gorgeous with roast meats, duck or mushroom pizza.
Malivoire Small Lot Pinot Noir 2017
VQA Beamsville Bench, $29.95
Another picture-perfect Malivoire pinot. Lots of cherry-cran fruit, blackcurrant,
dried herbs and a hint of cinnamon. Smooth and juicy. Pair with any wild mushroom
dish, roast poultry or vegetarian lasagne.
Malivoire Che Bello Sparkling Wine
VQA Ontario, $21.95
The sparkler of the summer! This is a new wine from Malivoire. Similar to a
Prosecco, made with a unique grape called chardonnay musqué. Pretty apple, lemon
and nutty notes. Great for sipping on its own or with light bites.
Queenston Mile Vineyard
Here’s a sunny summer trio from the new Queenston Mile Winery and winemaker Rob Power, who also makes wine at Creekside: a mineral-packed white blend, supple textured rosé and berry-forward pinot noir.
Queenston Mile White 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $25.00
When we talk about crisp cool-climate whites, this is what we’re talking about. A blend of five grapes, with bright apple and pear with citrus and mineral. An ideal summer sipper. Racy enough for salty snacks and soft cheeses.
Queenston Mile Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
VQA St. David’s Bench, $30.00
Made from 100% pinot noir, this delightful rosé delivers ripe sour cherries and wild raspberries backed with faint fresh herbs. Refreshing and delicious as a sipper or with light summer fare. Beautiful texture.
Queenston Mile Pinot Noir 2017
VQA St. David’s Bench, $40.00
A silky smooth pinot brimming with red and black berry fruit, soft leather and a touch of damp earth. Quite approachable now, though very youthful. Consider giving this six months or more, then fry up a duck breast.
Closson Chase Vineyards
Three wines from Closson Chase, one of Prince Edward County’s most esteemed — and pioneering — wineries. This is cool climate winemaking at its best, where conscientious vineyard management yields tiny quantities of characterful wines, each one a unique beauty.
Closson Chase K.J Watson Pinot Gris 2018
VQA Four Mile Creek, $22.95
Perfumed but restrained, with apple, pear, pineapple, hay and white
flowers. Dry and minearally, with tree fruit and juicy green apple and a
honeysuckle finish. Great with seafood ceviche, fish taco, asparagus risotto.
South Clos Chardonnay 2017
VQA Prince Edward County, $39.95
Fragrant of wildflower meadow, with herbs, citrus and vanilla. Supple and
elegant, with fruit galore: apple, lemon/lime, pineapple, and sweet oak
spice. Long finish. Perfect with grilled white fish, Cornish hen, rack of lamb.
2015 Churchside Pinot Noir
VQA Prince Edward County, $44.95
Complex with layers of fruit and spice: cherries, plum, pomegranate, along
with earthy smoke and baking spice. Bright, pretty, bold and ageworthy.
Serve with beef carpaccio or tartare, duck breast or grilled wild salmon.
Fielding Estates Winery
From the boutique Fielding Estate Winery, an award-winning sparkling rosé, an elegant food-friendly chardonnay and the perfect red wine to match with BBQ season (charcoal, of course).
Fielding Sparkling Rosé
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $33.15
A crisp, bright and award-winning sparkler that tickles your palate with pretty red berry fruit and super-fine bubbles. Steely, firm and minerally, great with raw shellfish, charcuterie and — what the heck — (sustainable) caviar on a blini.
Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2017
VQA Beamsville Bench, $26.15
An incredibly nuanced and complex wine, generous with apple, pineapple, melon and pear. Some vanilla spice. Delicate, but with bite and texture. Pair with a beautiful roast chicken, grilled wild salmon, or soft cheeses.
Fielding Rock Pile Red 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $25.15
A formidable red blend, predominantly merlot (45%) with cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Fruity, earthy and savoury with medium tannins. Give this a juicy ribeye cooked over charcoal, or lamb, wild boar, grilled portobello.
A selection from Niagara’s Foreign Affair Winery, which uses the Italian appassimento method: after being hand-harvested, a portion of the grapes are air-dried, which helps concentrate flavours. It takes months, but the results are worth it.
Foreign Affair Viognier 2017
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $23.95
This wine has aromas and flavours ranging from tangerine and white peach to pear and pineapple. It’s dry and focused- a perfect match for summer fare like fish tacos, Thai dishes and complex salads.
Foreign Affair Amarosé 2018
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $18.95
Bring on the sun with this bottle of liquid summer, made from pinot noir and chardonnay. The fruit is massive: wild strawberries, rhubarb, berry compote and fresh herbs. Enjoy on its own or with charcuterie, grilled fish or pizza.
Foreign Affair Temptress 2016
VQA Niagara Peninsula, $44.95
From the hot and sunny 2016 vintage, this robust blend of cabs franc and sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and malbec channels Bordeaux, brimming with black cherry, plum and leather. It’s supple and smooth, great with game or a juicy steak.