High Spirits: World Wine Reviews
Showcasing an eclectic selection of distinctive imported wines available at private or BC liquor stores, the five star rating system stresses value for price.
Septima winery is associated with codorniu, makers of cava bubbly in Spain. Rich and creamy, poised chardonnay shows apple, pineapple, apricot and cantaloupe with notes of butterscotch and toasty oak, refreshed by crisp acidity. Pair with grilled tuna.
Flat Roof Manor
2012 Pinot Grigio
Western Cape, South Africa
Made from grapes raised on the Uitkyk Estate in Stellenbosch, this easy going Pinot Gris features Spritzig in the glass, followed by lively flavours of pineapple, pear, apricot and melon with notes of lemon zest and almond. Enjoy this Pinot Grigio cold with a crunchy salad.
From fruit grown in Marlborough, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, delectable Pinot Gris projects soft, juicy flavours of apple, pear, pineapple and melon with notes of coconut and honeysuckle cleansed by zesty acidity. Calls for barbecued roast pork or spareribs.
2012 Latitude Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Crafted from riper fruit grown in ancient riverbed known as the golden mile, poignant, textured Sauvignon Blanc delivers vibrant grass, grapefruit, gooseberry, star fruit, mineral, vanilla, and mouth-watering acidity. Try with Cantonese crab or lobster.
2010 Domaine De Combiaty Brouilly
More than just a friendly, fruity beaujolais, lovely brouilly shows good depth of flavour and character. The grapy palate suggests violets, cherry, blueberry, black licorice, tomato leaf and mint, supported by fine tannins. Serve with poultry, sausages and charcuterie.
2010 Pinot Noir
Central Otago, New Zealand
Most marginal of New Zealand’s appellations, central otago boasts a cool, alpine climate. Elegant pinot noir combines bright cherry and cranberry fruit, notes of barnyard, beetroot and baking spices, and sweet, soothing tannins. Enjoy with bacon-wrapped pork.
Sourced from the Robertson Estate in the Breede River valley which encompasses a wildlife reserve, complex cabernet sauvignon delivers richly-structured cassis, plum, blueberry, dark chocolate, black pepper, mint and cedar.
Bodegas Caro Aruma
Arising from a partnership of the lafite rothschilds and the catena family, caro in the heart of Mendoza has produced powerfully-built Malbec with elegant flavours suggesting blackcurrant, cherry, plum, leather, licorice and smoked game. Try with braised venison.
2011 “Torre Del Falasco” Valpolicella Ripasso
The best young Valpolicella in casks with lees previously used for amarone adds colour, concentration and complexity. Velvety ripasso features dried cherry, fig, coffee bean and smoke with a hint of bitter almond. Try with meat lasagna.