- Peller Estates Merlot 1999 Signature Series
- Cave Spring Riesling Reserve 2000
- Château Grand Renom Sauvignon 2000
Peller Estates Merlot 1999 Signature Series (Niagara Peninsula,
This is the best red wine I have tasted from the Peller portfolio. Deep
ruby in colour, it comes on like a good Pomerol. Cedar, pencil shavings
and blackberry bouquet with coffee bean and dark chocolate notes; well
extracted fruit, elegant with nicely balanced oak and a lingering dry
Food match: rack of lamb, filet mignon
Cave Spring Riesling Reserve 2000 (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)
Cave Spring's Rieslings have always been their strong suit. This one is
pale straw in colour with a greenish tint. The immediate impression of
smoke and struck flint on the nose signals the peachy fruit to come. It's
quite full-bodied for Riesling, with a ripe, spicy peach and apricot taste
and a refreshing dry citrus finish.
Food match: crab salad, sweet and sour pork
Château Grand Renom Sauvignon 2000 (Bordeaux)
A single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux made in New World style!
This wine came as a surprise on the nose and palate. I was expecting an
rather restrained, crisp white wine for the price. Instead I get a really
interesting pear- and gooseberry-nuanced wine with a passionfruit flavour.
You can't beat it at this price; it has a New Zealand style overlaid
on traditional Bordeaux Sauvignon.
Food match: goat cheese salad, grilled calamari