New in Ontario Wineries

• Order the following wines by the mixed case of 6 or 12 for daily home, restaurant or office delivery in Ontario from Huff Estates.
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Huff Estates ‘south bay vineyards’ Chardonnay 2012
VQA Prince Edward County $30.00 13.0% alcohol
Hailing from Burgundy, winemaker Frédéric Picard works his magic once more with this Chardonnay. Toffee, caramel and spice on the nose, it dishes up a bold, mouth-filling river of racy citrus, green apple, ripe pear and tropical fruit. This limited-edition gem—only 300 cases produced—aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 15% new. It’s mid-full weight with creamy smooth mouth feel and a lengthy lip-smacking finish. There’s toasty oak on the palate and aftertaste that 12 months in bottle will ameliorate. (Vic Harradine)

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Huff Estates ‘south bay vineyards - unfiltered’ Merlot 2012
VQA Prince Edward County $40.00 13.0% alcohol
Wood smoke, dark chocolate and black cherry aromas open the door to spice-driven wash of red cherry, red currant and mulberry framed by a persistent line of acidity. It’s medium-plus weight with good mouth feel and lingering finish and aftertaste underpinned by firm tannin structure. You could pour now after a three-hour aeration decant, better to pop corks after careful cellaring to 2017—it’ll reward your patience. (Vic Harradine)

• Order the following wines by the case for delivery to home, office or licensee from Grange of Prince Edward along with those reviewed in the most recent April 28, 2015 winecurrent newsletter.

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Grange of Prince Edward ‘Estate’ Pinot Gris 2013
VQA Prince Edward County $14.95 (69336) 12.7% alcohol
Lifted aromas of honeysuckle, baked apple and notions of red licorice abound. A medium-bodied generously textured wash of citrus and ripe tropical fruit bathe the palate. It finishes lengthy with lemony tang and white grapefruit pith on the aftertaste. Drinking well now, it pairs well with pan-seared fish and grilled clams or lobster. (Vic Harradine)

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Grange of Prince Edward ‘Diana Block’ Pinot Noir 2010
VQA Prince Edward County $35.00 13.0% alcohol 
Subdued, almost elegant, aromas of passion fruit, cola and cedar sneak from the glass of this lightly hued, delicate red. It’s a light-on-its-feet Pinot with good balance and form on the palate—bright red cherry and cranberry mingle with notions of savoury herbs, earthy notes and ripe black plum. The lively fruit and savoury bits persist through the tasty finish and aftertaste. This is a perfect red for sipping and wiling away time or poured with a deli platter after a fifteen-minute chill in the frig. (Vic Harradine)

• Order as few as 2 bottles for free home, office or restaurant delivery from Sandbanks Estate Winery.

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Sandbanks ‘Summer’ 2013
VQA Ontario $14.95 (414748) 12.5% alcohol
Liquid sunshine in a bottle, this dishes up perfumed aromas of rosewater, exotic spice and a boatload of charm. It coats the palate with a creamy gusher of off-dry, flavour—lychee, ripe honeyed melon and spice-infused lemon yoghurt. It finishes in a blaze of spicy flavour and good moderating tang. It’s made for fun in the sun, but if it’s cloudy, it will certainly brighten your day—very good value, as well. (Vic Harradine)

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Sandbanks Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
VQA Ontario $16.95 11.5% alcohol
This is electric-pink hued in the glass with lively aromas of fresh-picked strawberry and watermelon galore. It bathes the palate with a solid line of red berry, pomegranate and red cherry acidity nicely balanced on the back palate and finish with spice and ripe red plum. It’s tangy and racy on the aftertaste. It pours well with roast chicken or pork and has the oomph to pair well with duck breasts and red currant jelly. (Vic Harradine)

• Pick up wine at the winery or order online for home, restaurant or office delivery the following wines from Southbrook Vineyards or phone toll free: 1 888 581-1581. 

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Southbrook Vineyards ‘triomphe’ Cabernet Franc 2013
VQA Niagara Peninsula $21.95 12.6% alcohol
Aromas of bright red berry fruit, cedar and sprigs of herbs announce a balanced and beautiful wash of lively, ripe red cherry/berry flavour bathing the palate, mid weight, delicately textured with persistent purity of fruit throughout. It finishes in a fanfare of red fruit flavour garnished with savoury-infused, roasted herbs and good moderating acidity. (Vic Harradine)

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Southbrook Vineyards ‘triomphe’ Chardonnay 2013
VQA Niagara Peninsula $22.95 13.1% alcohol
Organic fruit and practices were used to produce this 5-vineyard gem—a combination of stainless steel tank and French oak along with cultured and indigenous yeast for fermentation and 6 months aging on the ‘lees’—aka spent yeast cells. Orchard fruit aromas interweave with hazelnut and leesy notes on the nose of this mid-plus bodied beautifully textured Chardonnay. A persistent flow of ripe apple and pear mingle with lemony citrus, minerality and grapefruit pith on the palate and lingering tangy aftertaste. Good to go now with roast pork and root veggies. (Vic Harradine)

• Order the following three wines by the case for daily home or office delivery from Thirty Bench

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Thirty Bench ‘Small Lot’ Pinot Noir 2013
VQA Ontario $35.00 12.4% alcohol
Smoke-infused aromas of roasted herbs, sandalwood and tobacco leaf set the stage for a delicate, dare I say elegant, wash of red cherry, passion fruit and cranberry fruit. It’s tangy and mouth-watering, light bodied and deftly balanced. It’s lighter styled for certain, with persistent purity of fruit and good moderating acidity. The finish adds a sprig of savoury herbs. Pour with bacon-stuffed mushroom caps or Peking duck. (Vic Harradine)

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Thirty Bench ‘Small Lot – Wild Cask’ Riesling 2013
VQA Beamsville Bench $30.00 9.6% alcohol
The involved aromas of mineral/salinity, lime zest and notions of blood orange leap from the glass. Fruit from Triangle Vineyard was hand-harvested, hand-sorted and divided allowing two 500-litre, neutral-oak Puncheons to ferment with indigenous yeast while the other 1/3rd was inoculated in stainless steel tank. A vibrant tang-laden wave of green apple, passion fruit and lemon curd unleashes on the palate persisting throughout the lingering finish. It broadens out on the back palate with white nectarine and hints of grilled pineapple. This complex, limited-edition beauty is medium bodied with plush texture and is a stunning achievement—hats off to another triumph from winemaker, Emma Garner. (Vic Harradine)

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Thirty Bench ‘Small Lot’ Rosé 2014
VQA Beamsville Bench $22.20 12.7% alcohol 
Aromas of passion fruit, sweet floral notes and hints of cherry cordial provide segue to a gorgeous mouthful of tangy charm with red raspberry and Montmorency cherry to the fore. It’s medium weight with good nerve and verve persisting through the long, lip-smacking aftertaste where wisps of ripe red plum makes a surprise, welcomed appearance. Pour this unique blend—40% Pinot Meunier, 39% Cab France, 21% Pinot Noir—well chilled with mesclun salad topped with crumbled chèvre. (Vic Harradine)