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plate (the Swiss would go for raclette), or white fish or chicken with a fruit
CORCELETTES ESTATE WINERY ORACLE ROSÉ 2016
BCVQA Similkameen Valley $19.90
The first Zweigelt rosé I have tried, it has aromas of rhubarb and red currant
and raspberry with some mineral notes and flavours of tart red cherry,
pomegranate and red currant with some white pepper and a hint of leafiness.
The grapes are grown at the Lady Hawke Vineyard in Keremeos. The
2017 NWAC gave it a bronze and the All Canada Wine Championship a gold.
Rosé is a great appies wine and goes well with such things as charcuterie
boards (this one would be great with melon and prosciutto) or steamed crab
or prawns with drawn butter and fresh lemon.
CORCELETTES ESTATE WINERY PINOT NOIR 2016
BCVQA Similkameen Valley $24.90
I was going to review the Menhir, but it was sold out. But this is no mean
substitute. A 2017 NWAC gold medal winner, this is another great entry into
the Pinot Noir field. Speaking of “field”, it has aromas of strawberry and
raspberry fields mixed with vanilla (sounds like a Beatles tune rip-off) with
white cherry, and it tastes of raspberry, light cherry, a bit of red plum and
has notes of bitter dark chocolate. It is pale in colour and has a definite
finesse, as opposed to many overblown Pinots. Very elegant. While very
drinkable now, it has potential for some aging, perhaps up to five years.
Again, it is made for sipping but also great with simply-prepared salmon or
poultry dishes. Roast duck comes to mind.
1. Marq De Villiers, The Heartbreak Grape: A California
Winemaker’s Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir
(San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1993). It is hard to
find but worth the search.
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