Friday, October 16. 2015
The Second Annual Canadian Beer Awards are taking place on October 16-18, winding up with a gala dinner on Sunday evening at 7pm at the Stubborn Goat Gastropub on Grafton Street in Halifax. Chef, Tyler Smith, is preparing the dinner which will be paired with a range of Atlantic Craft Beers. There are a limited number of seats available to join in this celebration of excellence in Atlantic brewing.
Tickets are $75.00 + tax and gratuity and must be purchased in advance on-line at www.HeraldShop.ca
Today’s reviews are all NSLC selections and most are widely available. One or two are Port of Wines Festival selections so will have limited availability. Festival stock is now appearing on NSLC shelves at stores carrying Port of Wines stock.
Saint Clair Family Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand 13% $19.99 NSLC (Wide Distribution) Typically Kiwi aromatic intensity showing fresh grassy, green herbal and asparagus notes with more rounded flavours than the nose suggests. Green fruit on the palate reveals hints of gooseberry, asparagus and passion fruit with bracing acidity, grippy mineral and lingering green fruit on the finish. ***
Botter Casa di Malia Prosecco DOC 11% $16.79 NSLC (Port of Wines Selection) Floral, apple and lightly honeyed scents open the way for lightly off-dry apple flavours with lively acidity, gentle fizz and appetizingly creamy texture. Stylish and very good value. ***
Louis Jadot 2013, Chablis AC 12.5% $34.99 NSLC (Larger Stores) Mellow, yet fresh green apple scents reveal accurate Chablis character and lead into clean, dry apple flavours with crispness, depth and good minerality in the mouth. Hallmark Burgundian food-friendly elegance and simplicity. **
Fontanafredda Serralunga d’Alba 2010, Barolo DOCG 14% $44.99 NSLC (Larger Stores in Metro) Showing crimson in the glass with developed red fruit backed by floral and subtle spice with a trace of pepper on the nose. Luscious dark fruit flavour comes wrapped in firm tannic structure and still youthful acidity. This one has all the right elements but needs more time in the cellar. ***
Georges Duboeuf 2011, Beaujolais-Villages AC 12.5% $15.99 ($1 off) NSLC General List 2011 was the last in a string of excellent vintages for Beaujolais beginning in 2009. This one shows typical Beaujolais lively bitter cherry flavour with sappy, mouth puckering acidity and easy drinking style. Drink with roasted red or white meats and medium-ripened cheeses. **
Rymill The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Coonawarra, South Australia 12.5% $13.99 ($1 off) NSLC General List Lively Sauvignon varietal aromatics showing grassy green herb, green fruit and a whiff of mineral. Crisply ripe citrus and gooseberryish green fruit flavours on the palate finish with an agreeable touch of mineral. **
Rymill The Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Coonawarra, South Australia 13.5% $13.99 ($1 off) NSLC General List Shows good varietal character with blackcurrant, blackberry, green herbal and spicy notes. Blackcurrant flavor in the mouth reveal authentic Coonawarra character, finishing with a lick of spice and a splash of chocolate. Delivers a lot for this price range.***
* Good value in its price range
** Particularly good value in its price range
***Exceptional value in its price range