From the Cellar

Three Worth Talking About (Ontario / British Columbia / New Zealand)

11 Dec 2015

(August 12, 2015) ... We had some friends over for a little smorg on the deck, and while there were plenty of wines served only three were worth talking about, starting with a 2002 Marynissen Cabernet Merlot. Seeing that I had a former winemaking from the property over, it seem only right to go back into the vault for some old-time-Mary. Nose of dried licorice and cassis followed on the palate by earthy, cassis, dried cherry and mocha spice - not fresh but definitely interesting and still very much alive ... I'll have to check whether I have more and bring the last of if out for Christmas.

My guests are also big BC fans (not the era, the province) and so I pulled out a 10 year old Mission Hill Quatrain (2005) ... Another old Canadian winner of a wine: aromas are smoky, cassis, and licorice with a palate of dark fruit, black cherry, and smoke - needed a little time to open but when it did, it was dynamite.

Finally, and this might seem out of pouring order for the trained eye, but when the guests ask for it you pull it out (that does sound kinda dirty, but I am only talking about the wine) ... New Zealand Pinot, i did a quick search of the cellar and came out with this Akarua 2011 Rua Pinot Noir, Central Otago - an absolute delight of a wine with fresh red fruits, good acidity, and just the right amount of tannin backing. The comment that most stood out "a wine I could happily drink all night" - love these kinds of wines.

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