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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Tasting Notes

Tastings: August 2015

03 August 2015

Deakin Estate Shiraztext
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Deakin Estate Shiraz 2014

Victoria, AustraliaWhiffs of tar, rubber and blackberry open this simple, lighter style shiraz. Smoked branch offsets perfumed plum on the moderate, soft palate, though the perfumed fruit is somewhat overshadowed by toasty, smokey notes. Dark cocoa and black pepper on the finish.Prices: BC 13.99 AB 13.00 NB 14.00 NF 13.00 ON 10.00 Producer: Deakin Estate
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River Stone Merlot 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaDusty wood, cassis, violet leaves and black currant on the nose. Structured and savoury black cherry, tobacco, chocolate and thorn on the palate, brightened with a lifted spike of cool mint. Pour with grilled steak.Prices: BC 19.90 Producer: River Stone Estate Winery
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The Ned Sauvignon Blanctext
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The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandThe Ned series is names for the tallest peak in the Wither HIlls range, and the mountain is a symbol of Marlborough. Vibrant and zesty gooseberry, white grapefruit, cut grass and apricot fuzz, with pointed passionfruit and kiwi on the palate and a tangerine oil finish. Juicy and tart and welcoming kiwi style. Solid value.Prices: NS 21.00 BC 14.79 YK 18.00 AB 18.00 Producer: Marisco Vineyards Limited
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Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandJalapeño, green pepper, gooseberry and white peach open this juicy and aromatic Marlborough sauvignon blanc, and continue on the intense, creamy palate. Bell pepper, lemon pith, passionfruit and a pungent herbal note close out the crisp finish. Solid, simple, consistent and fruity - pour with vegetarian Chinese or Thai.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Twin Islands
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02 August 2015

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JoieFarm Riesling iv 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWhite peach, honeydew melon and lime blossom open the nose of this fragrant, delicate riesling. A tight, narrow drop, with perfumed freesia, lime blossom, orange creamsicle, pink grapefruit and a mild wildflower honey on the off-dry finish. Lean, floral riesling ready to drink this summer with soft cheeses and charcuterie.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sauvignon Blanctext
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Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRipe pear, gooseberry and pink grapefruit open this soft and juicy sauvignon blanc. Grapefruit, melon, subtle florals and a pillow of sweet candied pear complete the simple, medium bodied white. Chill this down for the patio.Prices: BC 10.49 Producer: Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate
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01 August 2015

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Joie Riesling (iv) A Delicate Balance 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGranny smith apple, lime, grapefruit, light lees and grassy aromas. Fresh, creamy, juicy, off-dry palate with lime rind, granny smith, spicy, green apricot, herb and floral flavours. Solid balance and fruit intensity if a bit rind-y but youthful. Give it a year in bottle or drink with summer seafood. Well made. Retasted August1, 2014. Perfect now.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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Enrico Ortega 2013

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaOrtega is winter hardy and has found a home on Vancouver Island. The Enrico is very light and ethereal with minimal fruit an intensity. Fresh if not a bit watery with light floral undertone and hints of green fruits. Try this with sushi salmon rolls.Prices: BC 16.00 Producer: Enrico Winery
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Poplar Grove Syrah 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSeven percent cabernet sauvignon lends a skiff of support to this savoury, red fruited syrah. Leather, anise, cassis, stone, fragrant raspberry, red currant, tobacco and bitter cherry is carried along fine grained, lightly textured tannins. Pour with pork tenderloin or rustic wild mushroom and bacon tart.Prices: BC 34.90 Producer: Poplar Grove Winery
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Intrigue Riesling 2014

Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNot up to the previous edition this off-dry riesling comes off as a bit green and under ripe yet with quite a bit of residual sugar. A cooler greener version of last year with candied green apples, tangy lemon and honey. Bits of citrus and honey but with an herbal undertone and a sweet aftertaste. Try with barbecue ribs or an Indian curry and let the sugar works its magic on the heat.Prices: BC 16.90 Producer: Intrigue Wines Ltd.
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Intrigue I Do Sparkling 2014

Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMerlot and riesling may make for odd companions, but here are tapped a medium pink hued, off-dry rosé. Fragrant perfume, pear blossoms, candied strawberry and raspberry notes lead this pretty, accessable wine. The riesling character dominates, but is plumped up with candied berry notes and spice on the finish. With a name like I Do, I can only expect they're going after the wedding market.Prices: BC 19.90 Producer: Intrigue Wines Ltd.
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Inniskillin Klose Vineyard Rieslingtext
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Inniskillin Klose Vineyard Riesling 2014

Niagara River, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaA disappointing look at this single vineyard riesling that comes off flat and heavy on the palate. The nose is a mix of citrus oil, orange blossoms and white peaches. The attack is rich and flavourful but the acidity fails to kick in for me. Solid but not very electric look at Niagara riesling.Prices: ON 25.00 Producer: Inniskillin Niagara
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Haywire Pink Bub Bottle Fermented & Aged 2013

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA cooler mountainside vineyard near Oliver was the source for the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes in Pink Bub (there is a 375ml Baby Bub out in the world as well). At disgorging, a red wine dosage is added for colour. Tart red and green apples, tight cherry, youthful strawberry and a kiss of sweetness is entirely gobbled up by racy acidity. Ends tart and zesty and ready for canapés or brunch - especially alongside prosciutto, figs and melon.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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