Friday, October 24. 2014
October 24 2014
All wines reviewed below are currently available at the NSLC. They include two fine offerings from the Wolf Blass Gold Label range. I am very impressed with the quality to price ratio for these wines which also show great regional character. The new Muscadet from the Bougrias family which was brought in for the POW Festival also shows very well and is more than fairly priced.
Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2011, Adelaide, South Australia 12% $21.99 NSLC (Larger Stores) Australian Riesling, though frequently very good, is usually quite distinctive from classic German Riesling. Not so this one. On the nose there is plenty of lime citrus, floral and petrol notes. Lime and mineral kick in strongly in the mouth with very brisk acidity and lingering citrus fruit sensations on the finish. Impressive value! ***
Chateau Timberlay 2011, Bordeaux Superieur AC $20.79 NSLC 13% NSLC General List An old standby on the NSLC list, Ch. Timberlay is dominated by Merlot (85%) with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Signature Bordeaux earthy plum, blackcurrant and green herbal scents lead the way for dark plum and cherry flavours with a splash of dark chocolate and firm tannic grip on the palate. **
Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia 14.5% $23.99 NSLC (Wide Distribution) Deeply scented raspberry and blackberry fruit accented by cinnamon, clove and a touch of pencil box oak on the nose, with richly concentrated and textured dark berry fruit, a trace of minty eucalyptus, dark chocolate and solid tannic grip on the palate. Offers authentic Barossa Shiraz character and weight at a surprisingly reasonable price. Drinking well now with food, it will continue to improve over the next 3-5 years. ***
Famille Bougrier 2013, Muscadet Sèvre & Maine AC 11.5% $13.99 NSLC (Wide Distribution) This is a well-made, unpretentious Muscadet from a quality conscious family owned producer. It shows lively green apple with a trace of pear and light floral note on the nose with very crisp green fruit and stony mineral on the palate, finishing almost bone dry. An ideal match for oysters on the half shell. ***
Two Oceans Shiraz 2013, Wine of Origin Western Cape, South Africa 13.5% $12.49 NSLC General List Berry fruit scents with smoky, earthy and spicy overtones shift towards raspberry, red currant and blackberry in the mouth. There is a light splash of milk chocolate, moderately firm dry tannins and good overall balance. Very good value. Pair it with roast chicken, pork or everyday pizza or pasta dishes. ***
Port of Wines Festival Stock Finally Hitting the Shelves:
Excess stock left over from this year’s Port of Wines Festival is now available at various larger NSLC stores. Different items will show up at different stores so you might want to scout around more than one store to find the most interesting products. Check the NSLC Website:mynslc.ca to see what wines are now on offer.
This year’s feature country was France and I focused on French wines when tasting at the show. Some of the most popular items will, no doubt, have already sold out but here are a few that particularly impressed me:
Chateau Routas Cyrano 2007, Coteaux Varois Mediterranée $18.80 Top scoring Syrah/Shiraz at the show, and with 5 years bottle age, this hugely concentrated, complex wine is a terrific bargain. Grab one if you get the chance! ***
Chateau La Canorgue 2012, Louberon AC $26.79 This is a splendid Rhone region red from a producer who is really making waves. The wines are increasingly popular and are likely to be more expensive in the future. ***
Chateau Sainte-Roseline Prestige Rosé $18.99 From Provence, this Cinsault Grenache blend is light, elegant and charming. It will pair well with lighter foods as well as making an excellent aperitif. ***
Louis Jadot 2012, Chablis AC $36.29 Jadot is one of the more respected negociants in Burgundy whose label can usually be relied on. This is a good example, offering excellent Chablis varietal style with excellent Chardonnay fruit delivered in a fine creamy texture with classic minerality and a lightly toasty finish. ***
Jaillance Cuvée de l’Abbaye Crémant de Bordeaux AC $25.79 This unusual Traditional Method sparkling wine from Bordeaux is made from 100% Semillon. It is full bodied and offers rich, leesy and creamy character reminiscent of Champagne though with somewhat less complexity. I liked it enough to buy several bottles. ***