New in Ontario Wineries

Order the following five wines – along with the six wines reviewed in the previous newsletter of March 18, 2015 by the case of 12 with delivery in Ontario to your home, office or restaurant from Rockway Vineyards

White Wine

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Rockway Vineyards Gewürztraminer 2013
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $15.95 11.5% alcohol
Beguiling aromas of sweet spice, tropical fruit, rose and lychee drift from the glass. This is a brilliantly crafted wine that offers a refined presentation of the classic flavour of the grape in a frame of well-defined acidity—it’s off-dry, lush and satin-like in texture. This bathes the palate in wonderfully ripe, silky fruit flavours and a spicy hint of fresh ginger lingering on the lengthy finish. It’s a great match for lightly spiced dishes. (Susan Desjardins)

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Rockway Vineyards ‘Small Lot Block 150-183’ Riesling 2013
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $19.95 10.0% alcohol
Straw-hued, this is a powerhouse of lively, fresh aromas—white flowers and mineral, lime and citrus fruit, luscious, juicy white peach and pear. There’s depth on the palate, freshness and silk to the texture and deft balance of vibrant, clean acidity, wet stone, and tasty, lip-smacking fruit—lime and grapefruit, crunchy green apple and pear. There’s a pleasant touch of residual sweetness on the lengthy, lively finish. Riesling lovers will stock up. (Susan Desjardins)

Red Wine

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Rockway Vineyards ‘Small Lot Block 11-140’ Cabernet Franc 2012
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $24.95 13.8% alcohol
A touch shy on the nose, subtle light floral notes merge with red and black berry, cocoa and classic pencil shaving aromas. Dry, medium-full bodied, it showcases a beautiful velvety texture, supple yet powerful tannin paired with fresh acidity framing tasty raspberry and black berry fruit. Notes of cocoa, spice and an earthy quality add complexity through the dry, savoury finish. Serve with herbed leg of lamb. (Susan Desjardins)

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Rockway Vineyards ‘Reserve’ Meritage 2012
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $19.95 13.8% alcohol
A blend of the Cabernets and Merlot, the nose is rich with dark chocolate and dark fruit aromas, cedar, dried herbs and spice. Dry, medium-full bodied, round and rich on the palate, the spice shines through, notes of pepper and coffee bean garnishing savoury cassis and dried cherry flavours. Structured yet smooth, an engaging red blend that finishes dry and flavourful—a great match for rare roast beef. (Susan Desjardins)

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Rockway Vineyards ‘Small Lot Block Blend’ Merlot 2012
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $21.95 13.7% alcohol
Spice tantalizes the nose mingling with aromas of black cherry and plum, floral notes, mineral and a hint of smoke. This is dry and medium-full bodied offering rousing spiciness, subtle notes of underbrush and a replay of minerality. Firm tannins combine with a fresh texture and juicy ripe cherry/berry flavour while notes of cocoa and a touch of warmth linger on the dry, spiced finish. (Susan Desjardins)