- Flat Rock Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2004
- Flat Rock Chardonnay 2004
- Flat Rock Vidal Icewine 2003
This week I have chosen three wines from a new Ontario winery because I think you'd enjoy the experience of going there to taste the wines and buy them on site. The winery is Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan. They're located high on the Bench (on a clear day you can see Toronto) and they're one of the most exciting architectural designs in the province. Take the QEW to Exit 55 (Highway 26), go south to Highway 81, turn right and then turn left on 17th Street and continue to the top of the hill. Tel: 905-562-8994, or visit www.flatrockcellars.com.
These wines are only available at the winery.
Flat Rock Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2004
This is one of the best rieslings I have tried from the 2004 vintage. Medium straw-lime in colour with a minerally nose of lime and grapefruit; light-bodied, very dry, Mosel-style, crisp and lively lime flavour with a note of spring flowers on the finish. ****1/2
Food match: cervice; seafood salad
Flat Rock Chardonnay 2004
Light straw colour; a bouquet of smoky oak, struck flint, touch of Burgundian barnyard; medium-bodied, dry with spicy oak, tangerine, and green apple flavours; lively on the palate; a little short on the finish but very tasty.****
Food match: veal cutlet; chicken breast
Flat Rock Vidal Icewine 2003
What is unique about this wine is that it's Ontario's (and I imagine the world's) first icewine bottled under screwcap. (I don't have a price yet but I imagine that it's in the $45 range.) Old gold colour; honeyed dried apricot on the nose; a concentrated flavour of candy apple, not too sweet, good balancing acidity, medium weight, charming but a little blunt on the finish; toffee note lingers. **** 1/2
Food match: fruit-based desserts; blue cheese