Canada Day is around the corner. With your day off, I hope you will have a chance to celbrate our country with family and friends. If you are having a get together, here are a few Canadian wines that you may want to try. I’ve tasted these wines since January this year, so you should be able to find them in your favourite BC Liquor store or wine shop. Enjoy!
Spierhead Pinot Gris 2013 (BC $19.90)
I tried their 2012 last year and noted how much I enjoyed it, with it’s range of flavours from citrus to tropical fruit to apples. It won a Gold Medal at Okanagan Wine Festival – 2013 B.C. Wine Awards and other awards as well. Their 2013 was pale to medium lemon with a tint of green in the glass. On the nose I picked up Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples, together with melons and a hint of vanilla. With some airing, lemon and grapefuit aromas also became apparent. It’s dry with medium plus acidity, with an acidic prickle that dances on your tongue. Medium plus body, round mouth feel, some creamy lees, a hint of honey, and stone fruits, pears, lemons and Red Delicious apple flavours. Again with a bit of air, I also picked up lychee. Quite a mouthful of flavours. Mouth watering finish. This wine really tastes like fresh fruit to me. A very nice example of BC Pinot Gris. With halibut season underway, I would love to try this wine with a griled halibut steak, nugget potatoes, and salad.
Le Vieux Pin Petit Sigma Blanc 2012 ($17)
Why Petit? Petit wines from France are the second labels of famous wineries. In some vintages a winery may determine that some grapes did not reach the quality needed for their top tier wine, so the grapes go into their second tier wine. An example of this second tier is Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux. This Petit wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Erhenfelser. The wine had waxy, lemony, and grapefruit aromas with a hint of flowers. It was dry with medium plus acidity and some viscosity in the mouth. I picked up some light tropical fruit that was underlain with full citrus flavours, particularly lemon, but also a hint of lime. There was also some pear and apple in the background. Steely on the palate. Peppery and mouth watering on the finish with some grapefruit rind flavour. A good wine for your summer, in a screw cap, so meant to be enjoyed now.
Painted Rock Syrah 2011
Very nice nose. A mix of black cherry and very ripe raspberry, with some vanilla in the back. Medium plus body, dry with bright purple fruit, cassis and blueberry flavours, together with vanilla. Silky tannins from start to end leaving you with a soft finish and mouth watering acidity. Across the tongue you get a salty minerality which was quite interesting to me. I also did pick up some leafiness on the finish. A very enjoyable wine.
Bartier Scholefield Red 2011
My last wine, the B.S Red 2011 is a blend of mostly Merlot, with lesser amounts of Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Gamay Noir. This wine was noticeably dark to opaque ruby in the glass. Lots of sweet, purple fruit aromas, along with raspberries, plums, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. Quite enjoyable to nose. Wow, lots of layers of juicy fruits on the palate. Ripe raspberries, red cherries, red and black fruit, and plums. I also picked up vanilla, sweet spices, and milk chocolate flavours. This wine has medium body and is soft and silky, coating your mouth. The juicy fruit flavours were dragging my tastebuds all over the place. The tannins were not too strong, but there was enough to support the fruit. On my second day of tasting I noted aromas of violets, and a hint of blueberries on the palate. An outstanding wine expressing an exuberance of youth in my opinion. I might try this with some bbq’d baby back ribs.