Weir Wine (February 16, 2005)
Canadian golfer Mike Weir is following Australia's Greg Norman into the
wine vats. The left-handed Master's winner has just released his own label,
Mike Weir Estate Winery. Two wines are offered initially Chardonnay
2001 and Cabernet Merlot 2002, both 100 per cent Ontario-grown fruit.
The wines were made at Creekside Winery in Ontario's Jordan Station, a
short drive from Niagara Falls. Proceeds from the sale of these wines
will go to The Mike Weir Foundation, a charity for children. Mike will
introduce his wines to fellow golfers at the Nissan Open this week and
will formally invite them to join him at the Bell Canadian Open this summer.
Ontario wine writer Chris Waters characterized the white as "A great
expression of Chardonnay, with nicely integrated French oak notes underlining
rich, ripe fruit aromas and flavours. The palate is slightly creamy, with
mouth-filling tropical fruit character and toasted mineral finish. Very
good persistence and length."
The red, a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc and 20%
Merlot, was described by Waters as "A ripe Cab-blend with a good
dark personality. Look for deep dark fruit and some exotic savoury and
pencil lead notes. This opens with air, revealing layers of cherry/berry
fruit and some young tannins. Some time in bottle or decanter will bring
this wine's best face forward."
Three hundred cases of the Chardonnay and 1100 cases of the Cabernet
Merlot were produced.
Check out Mike Weir's wine website at www.weirwines.com.