A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 785: Trading Grapes

Malivoire’s winemaker Shiraz Mottiar in Niagara traded a tonne of Pinot Noir with Dan Sullivan of Rosehall Run in Prince Edward County. I’m looking forward to tasting Dan’s wine from Niagara fruit. Here’s what Shiraz made of the Rosehall Pinot:

Malivoire Rosehill Run Pinot Noir 2019 (Prince Edward County, likely priced at $39.95)
Medium ruby in colour; lightly cedary, spicy, raspberry nose with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, dry, raspberry flavour with lively acidity; elegant and lingering. Burgundian in style. (90)

Malivoire Vivant Rosé 2020 (Beamsville Bench: $19.95, Vintages #498535)
Bright, pale amber-pink; fresh, red apple and strawberry nose with a peppery note; dry, medium-bodied, fruity, yellow cherry flavour with lively acidity; fine mouth-feel. (89)

Versado Malbec 2017 (Mendoza, Argentina)
Dense purple-ruby in colour; lightly cedary, spicy, mulberry nose; full-bodied, dry, savoury, richly-extracted black fruit flavours carried on tangy acidity; firmly structured with ripe tannins. Great length. Will cellar well. (90–91)

Versado Old Vines Malbec 2015
Vines planted in 1920 in the Cobos Estate Vineyard, Lujan de Cuyo. Opaque purple in colour; intense and complex nose of leather, spice, licorice and black plum with well-integrated oak; full-bodied, dry, ripe blackcurrant and blackberry flavours beautifully balanced with lively acidity; lovely mouth-feel. (93)

Burrowing Owl Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Similkameen Valley, BC; to be released in Vintages April 17th)
Sauvignon Blanc 91%, Semillon 9%. Bright, white gold in colour; grassy, peapod, lanolin nose with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, kiwi, melon and white peach flavours; beautifully balanced, well-integrated oak, long crisp, lime finish. Lovely mouth-feel. Very white Bordeaux in style. (91)

Burrowing Owl Syrah 2018 (Okanagan Valley; to be released in Vintages May 29th)
With 3% Viognier. Dense purple-ruby in colour; cedary, spicy, blackberry nose with a herbal note; full-bodied, dry, savoury black fruit and black olive flavours with lively acidity; well-balanced, with well-integrated oak. (90)

Parker Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  (Paso Robles; $24.95, to be released in Vintages on April 17, Vintages #17684)
Deep ruby-purple in colour; cedary, brambleberry bouquet with a note of leather; medium to full-bodied, dry, lightly herbal, black plum flavour carried on racy acidity with a tobacco note on the finish. (89)

Speck Brothers Three of Hearts Pinot Grigio 2020 (Niagara Peninsula; $19.95, to be released in Vintages on July 4th; available now at the winery)
Very pale straw colour; minerally, peach pit nose; light to medium-bodied, dry, white peach and lemon flavours with a bitter almond finish. (87)

Lazzara Rosato Secco (Ontario; $17.95, release date (approximately) April 1st; currently available at the winery. Vintages #18248)
A faint blush of pink; active mousse of tiny bubbles; red apple skin nose; light-bodied, dry, cranberry and rhubarb flavours. Easy drinking. (88.5)

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