Upstream in Winecurrent

Vintages Release: August 6, 2016

**** drink or cellar 
Mitolo ‘The Nessus’ Shiraz 2013
McLaren Vale, Australia $16.95 (457291) 14.5% alcohol
Cedar, wet stone and exotic spice roll easily from this medium-full bodied, full-fruited, Aussie Shiraz. It coats the palate with a well-textured, nicely structured river of red and black cherry interwoven with espresso roast and sour cherry. It finishes with good tang and wisps of mocha and pours beautifully with grilled lamb chops. (Vic Harradine)

Vintages Release: August 20, 2016

****1/2 drink or cellar Oh Canada!
Mission Hill ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris 2014
VQA Okanagan Valley $21.95 13.5% alcohol
Offering alluring floral aromas integrated with notes of melon and stone fruit, the slightly pink hue is evidence of extended skin contact during fermentation. Medium-bodied, the wine shows a round, creamy texture—a portion was aged in seasoned French barrels—that’s in fine counterpoint to the backbone of lively acidity. Flavours of stone fruit and melon replay with notes of pear and a dash of tangy spice shining through on the lengthy finish. Pour with prosciutto and melon. (Susan Desjardins)

Vintages Release: September 17, 2016

****1/2 drink or cellar Oh Canada!
Henry of Pelham ‘Speck Family - Reserve’ Baco Noir 2014
VQA Ontario $24.95 (461699) 13.5% alcohol
Here’s another gem from a series of fabulous, recent Baco Noir releases by this premium producer. Pipe tobacco, roasted herbs and exotic incense aromas abound. It bathes the palate with a full-fruited, beautifully textured stream of boysenberry jam, sweet black plum compote and oodles of spice. This is medium-plus bodied with a lingering finish. Poured perfectly with grilled, smoked back ribs slathered in spicy barbecue sauce. This was aged +18 months in premium American oak – now fully integrated. (Vic Harradine)