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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

CANADA

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STREET JUNE’S VINEYARD

CHARDONNAY 2015

6

VQA Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: This single-vineyard wine was fer-

mented in stainless steel, underwent full malo and

spent six months on the lees, all ofwhich contributed to

an elegant, bright Chardonnay that’s also impressively

creamy and robust. Floral notes, apple and citrus fruit

lead to a slightly nutty finish. Pour with chicken thighs

and roasted cauliflower with a hazelnut-and-cumin rub

and a buttermilk sauce. (Vintages panel, March 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

236745

(XD) 750 mL

$21.95

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FEATHERSTONE BLACK SHEEP

RIESLING 2016

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: Every vintage, I’m in awe at the skill

of Featherstone’s sheep. They not only keep the grass

between the rows of vines in check, but apparently

harvest the grapes, tread them by hoof, and – with a

little help from titular winemaker David Johnson –

make thewine ... I watch for this riesling every year, and

every year it meets my expectations. It’s one of those

complete wines where you find the most attractive

flavours, great complexity, and perfect fruit-acid

balance. Drink it now and in the next year or so, to

enjoy its freshness. Bravo, moutons! Score:

HHHHH

(Rod Phillips,

rodphillipsonwine.com

, April 16, 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

080234

(D)

750 mL

$16.95

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FIELDING WHITE CONCEPTION 2013

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: This unique blend of 34%

Chardonnay/32% Pinot Gris/32%Viognier dishes

up alluring aromas of tropical fruit – pineapple and

mango – interwoven with honey and citrus. It bathes

the palate with a balanced and beautiful stream of

honey-drizzled guava and lemon curd with grapefruit

pith and peach skin. It’s medium weight with good

mouth feel and a lingering, lip-smacking, tangy

finish. This really sings with pan-seared fish or sea

food; tried mine with pan-seared salmon alongside

par-boiled, pan-grilled broccoli and cauliflower –

delicious. Score:

HHHHK

(Vic Harradine,

winecurrent.com

, July 19, 2016)

Aromatic & Flavourful

203737

(XD) 750 mL

$18.95

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MEGALOMANIAC NARCISSIST

RIESLING 2016

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: This is a fresh almost dry riesling

with aromas of lemon and pear fruit with some

mineral notes. It is lightweight with a long dry finish

of lovely lemony acidity that’s firm but not tart. Very

good length. Try with sauteed seafood. Tasted

July 2017. Score:

88

(Steve Thurlow,

winealign.com

,

July 6, 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

067587

(D)

750 mL

$18.95

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PENINSULA RIDGE BARREL AGED

CHARDONNAY 2016

6

VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment

TASTING NOTE: Situated at the edge of Niagara

nearest Toronto, Peninsula Ridge grows this

Chardonnay in its estate vineyards. The wine shows

a complex interplay of baked apple, citrus, peach

and pineapple underscored by notions of vanilla and

banana cream pie, all wrapped in a creamy texture.

It’ll make a delicious pairing for crab cakes, or acorn

squash gnocchi with a beurre blanc sauce.

(Vintages panel, July 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

211490

(XD) 750 mL

$16.95

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STONECHURCH BIG IDEAS

RIESLING 2016

6

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake

TASTING NOTE: What’s the Big Idea? In this case,

it’s a delicious off-dry Riesling in the traditional

German Kabinett style. This beauty from Stonechurch

Vineyards offers floral blossoms, peach, apple and

lime with a hint of cantaloupe. Pour it with spicy sushi,

or pork schnitzel with rösti potatoes. (Vintages panel,

March 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

520239

(MS) 750 mL

$19.95

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