“Phoenix” is the poetic name for Featherstone’s wine made from the tricky-to-say (and easy-to-love) Gewürztraminer grape, grown on vines written off as damaged beyond repair after a bitterly cold winter before they unexpectedly sprang back to life. A chilled glass of this fabulously fragrant, flavourful wine will make a glorious sipper on a flaming-hot summer’s day.
FEATHERSTONE PHOENIX 2017
VQA Twenty Mile Bench,
519025 (D) 750 mL $18.95
TASTING NOTE: This wine is named for the phoenix, the mythical bird that dies in flames and is reborn from the ashes, because the Gewürztraminer vines that were believed to have been killed by winter burn unexpectedly sprang back to life to produce a grape crop. The 2017 vintage is borderline off-dry with exotic aromas and flavours of rosewater, lychee, grated parsnip and candied ginger. Pair it with summer salads, parsnip chips, or barbecued chicken or pork. (Vintages panel, May 2018)
Aromatic & Flavourful