A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 767: Sandbanks Winery, Prince Edward County

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In February, Arterra purchased Sandbanks Winery, the company’s first venture into Prince Edward County.

The press release reads:

Sandbanks Winery was founded in 2001 by Catherine Langlois and was one of the first wineries established in Prince Edward County. Catherine began by planting Baco Noir, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vidal Blanc, Geisenheim and Marechal Foch. This has since earned the winery a loyal following and Canadian accolades for its full-bodied reds (Baco Noir) and crisp whites (Riesling).

Arterra was kind enough to send me the following nine samples from a portfolio of twenty-five Sandbanks wines.

Sandbanks Smugglers White (Vidal–Pinot Grigio, $13.95, LCBO #648642)
Light straw in colour: minerally, lemony, peach pit nose; light to medium-bodied, dry, fresh and zesty lemon and pear flavours. (88)

Sandbanks Route 33 (Riesling–Pinot Grigio, $14.95, LCBO #17369, available August)
Light straw in colour; lightly floral, green mango and citrus nose; light to medium-bodied, crisply dry with green plum and lemon flavours. (89)

Sandbanks Pinot Grigio (#13.95, LCBO #372219)
Light straw in colour; minerally, peach pit nose; medium-bodied, dry, green peach flavour with a long lemony finish. (88)

Sandbanks Beach Riesling ($12.95, LCBO #139022)
Light straw in colour; minerally, lightly floral, grapefruit nose; light-bodied, dry with lime and grapefruit flavours. (88)

Sandbanks Rosé 2019 ($13.95, LCBO #244616 – Limited-Time Offer, $11.95, Sept. 14–Oct. 11.)
Light peachy-salmon colour; lightly floral, mandarin and peach bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, fruity but elegant and well-balanced with peach and cranberry flavours. Long off-dry finish. Great value. (90)

Sandbanks Summer (Sparkling Rosé, $14.95, LCBO #14867)
Lightly peachy-salmon colour; lightly floral, peachy, citrus nose; medium-bodied, aromatic, orange and peach flavours; nicely balanced with a light mousse and a long, clean finish. Good value (89)

Sandbanks Route 33 (Merlot–Petit Verdot, $15.95, LCBO #17370, available August)
Ruby-purple in colour; lightly cedary, plum bouquet with a floral top note; medium-bodied, just off-dry with an aromatic, plum and raisin flavours and a firm tannic finish. (88.5)

Sandbanks Sleeping Giant Foch–Baco Noir 2018 ($19.95, LCBO #164087 – Limited-Time Offer, $17.95, Aug. 17–Sept. 13)
Deep purple-ruby in colour; lightly cedary nose of plum with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, plum and blackberry flavours with well-integrated oak, supple tannins and a fine mouth-feel. (89)

Sandbanks Baco Reserve 2019 ($19.95, LCBO # 225920, Limited-Time Offer, $17.95, Oct. 12–Nov. 5)
Dense purple in colour; cedary, blackberry nose with oak spice and vanilla notes; medium-bodied, dry, creamy, blackberry and plum flavours with well-integrated, vanilla oak carried on fresh acidity to a mellow tannin finish. (89)

Other wines tasted:

Best’s Great Western Riesling 2019 (Victoria, Australia, $19.95, Vintages #688259, to be released in Vintages on October 3rd)
Golden straw in colour; petrol, honey and grapefruit bouquet with a mineral thread; medium-bodied, well-balanced green plum and lime flavours. (90)

Kacaba Effervescence Sparkling Rosé 2019 (Ontario, $31.95) (62.5% Pinot Noir, 37.5% Chardonnay – Charmat method)Salmon colour; strawberry bouquet; light to medium-bodied, just off-dry, fruity, strawberry flavour with a floral note on the finish. (89)

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