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VOL. 76 PART 4 JULY 2018
ROAD 13 CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK CHENIN BLANC 2016
BC VQA Okanagan Valley #337953 $19.00 (average)
This is one of several Chenin Blancs from this winery located on the Golden
Mile. Their old vines Chenin is sold out for this year but will be well worth
buying when next released. This winery has the old vines I mentioned earlier.
The grapes used here are from cuttings from those original ones, so it
is less intense but more fruit-driven. The wine is pale yellow with lemon
lime, papaya and mineral notes on the nose and citrus, passion fruit and
white peach on the palate, and a long, lifted finish with bright acidity. It will
work with spicier foods. It is available only from the winery, online or from
BC VQA and other private wine stores. I found it at JAK’S.
QUAIL’S GATE CHENIN BLANC 2016
BC VQA Okanagan Valley #391854 $19.99
The grapes for this oaked version are sourced from West Kelowna and Osoyoos.
Part is fermented in older oak barrels and the rest in steel. It is pale
gold. There is mineral, lemon-lime and peach and honeysuckle on the nose.
It is medium-bodied with zesty flavours of lime, green apple, green peach
and Japanese orange, and has a long and lifted finish with mineral undertones.
Try it with simply prepared shellfish dishes or a baked white fish in
butter sauce or ripe softer cheeses. Again, it is available from the winery,
online or at BC VQA and other wine stores. And again, I found it at JAK’S.
VINUM AFRICA CHENIN BLANC 2015
WO Stellenbosch, South Africa #790782 $19.99
This is a widely available oaked Chenin from dry-farmed bush vines. The
grapes are hand-picked and sorted, with portions of the juice fermented in
Burgundian oak barrels. It is bright gold in colour. The aromas are ripe cantaloupe,
melon rind, tropical fruit and a bit of vanilla and candlewax. The
flavours on the full-bodied palate are ripe apple, peach and mango, a bit of
pineapple and toasty notes of smoke and spice with a glycerol texture. From
the aromas and flavours it was given a malolactic (secondary) fermentation
to soften its edges. Being fuller-bodied and oaked, it will pair with roast
chicken, pork or salmon, or a mushroom dish such as risotto or strong
GÉRARD BERTRAND CORBIÈRES 2014
AOC Corbières, France #261008 $19.99
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from the southwest of France,