A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 745: A Whole Lot of Tasting Goin’ On

Flat Rock Cellars Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling 2018 (Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara – $24.95, Vintages Nov. 23 release)
Bright, very pale straw colour; minerally, stony, lightly floral nose of honey and lemon zest; light-bodied, just off-dry, pink grapefruit flavour with lively acidity and great length. (90)

Flat Rock Cellars Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2018 ($26.95, Vintages #1552, Dec. 7 release)
Golden colour; spicy, toasty, apple, developing barnyard notes; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted, peach and caramel flavours carried on balancing acidity – well-integrated oak, lovely mouth-feel. (92)

Campbell Kind Wine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Winemaker Steve Smith, Marlborough – $19.95, Vintages #10556)
Bright, pale straw colour; grassy, gooseberry nose with a guava note; medium-bodied, crisply dry, green plum and gooseberry flavours with racing acidity. (89)

Campbell Kind Wine Tinto 2018 (Ribero del Duero – Tinto Fino “and small percentages of Navarro, Valenciano and Abillo Mayor” – $19.95, Vintages #10705)
Deep purple-ruby colour; cedary, coconut nose of black cherries with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted flavours of cherries and bitter chocolate, firmly structured with evident but ripe cocoa powder tannins. (89)

Campbell Kind Wine South Africa Syrah 2018 (Winemaker Bruce Jack, Western Cape – $14.95, Vintages #10522)
Deep ruby in colour; blackberry nose with a herbal note; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, black plum with a light pepper touch and a floral grace note. Well-balanced with refreshing acidity. Great value. (90)

Murphy-Goode Merlot 2015 (California – $22.95, LCBO #59295, Nov. 23 release)
Deep ruby-purple in colour; cedary, spicy nose of dark plums with smoky, violet notes; medium-bodied, dry, fruity, savoury, plum and black cherry flavours, lively on the palate but firmly structured and juicy. Finishing on ripe tannins that give the wine structure and grip. (89)

San Pedro 1865 Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Maipo Valley, Chile)
Dense ruby-purple colour; intense blackcurrant black fruits on the nose with spicy oak notes; full-bodied, rich flavours of chocolate, blackcurrant and mulberry with well-integrated oak. Beautifully balanced and structured. (93)

Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2019 (Marlborough, New Zealand – $19.95, Vintages #369850)
Bright, light straw in colour; minerally, peach pit nose; medium-bodied, dry, white peach flavour with fresh acidity. (89)

Gérard Bertrand Viognier Réserve Spéciale 2018 (Pays d’Oc, $14.95, Vintages #147975, to be released November 23rd)
Pale straw in colour; aromatic nose of fresh peaches; medium-bodied, dry, spicy, fresh peach flavour. Great value. (89)

Best’s Great Western Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2017 (Great Western region, Australia – $21.95)
Deep purple-ruby colour; spicy, blackberry nose with a herbal note; medium to full-bodied, dry, savoury, plum and blackberry flavours with a note of white pepper; lively acidity, with well-integrated oak. (89)

Benjamin Bridge Non-Vintage Brut (Nova Scotia – $36.99)
Pale straw in colour; minerally, lemon and apple bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, apple flavour; lovely mouth-feel with a lingering finish. (90)

Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2017 (Nova Scotia – $24.99)
A blend of L’Acadie, Ortega and Riesling. Old gold in colour; aromatic orange blossom and peach on the nose; medium-bodied, dry, spicy, orange and peach flavours. Reminiscent of a dry Muscat. (89)

Benjamin Bridge Pet Nat 2018 (packaged in 250mL cans – fermentation finished in the can! – $8.99 per can)
A blend of L’Acadie and Gewurztraminer. Slightly hazy straw colour; rose petal nose; light-bodied, grapey, lychee, grapefruit and rose petal flavours; fresh and lively on the palate. (89)

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