864 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE CHARDONNAY 2017
Columbia Valley, WA #232439 $21.99
It bursts out of the glass with aromas of red apple, ripe yellow peach and bit
of tropical fruit (pineapple and grapefruit) with lashings of butter and
vanilla. The flavours on the lifted palate are of spiced baked apples and butter
on a backbone of lemon-lime. It has a long but bright finish and will be
good with roast chicken or salmon, or veal in cream sauce with mushrooms,
mild cheeses or lobster or crab with drawn butter.
BORDERTOWN CABERNET FRANC 2017
BC VQA Okanagan Valley #237266 $19.99
This is a flagship wine from this newer Osoyoos winery. Deep blackish-purple
in colour, it has a rich nose of black plum, brambleberry and dark cherry
with herbal notes. The palate displays round tannins and black fruit, with
green tobacco and bell pepper, offset with bits of vanilla and cocoa powder.
A powerful wine, it has a 14.4 per cent alcohol level and is made for steak
or ribs on the BBQ, osso buco or rich tomato-based pastas.
DE BORTOLI WOODFIRED HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ 201
Heathcote, Australia #180436 $19.99
This is another huge wine with 14.7 per cent alcohol. Almost black in
colour, it has a nose of black plum, blackberry and black currant, with some
herbal notes and smoky oak. The full palate is of the same rich black fruit
with spice and dark chocolate. It finishes long, but a bit sweet, due to the
high alcohol level, but the tannins balance this out. It will age well for
another few years. Again, it is perfect for a steak on the BBQ.
1. Michael S Sanders, Families of the Vine: Seasons
Among the Winemakers of Southwest France
2. Ibid at 115.
3. Hannah Wallace, “The Benefits of Dry-Farming
Wine for the Palate and the Plant”, Modern Farmer
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4. Fred Swan, “3 Myths About Irrigation and Dry
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7. Geoffrey Moss, “Dry Farming and Deficit Irrigation”,
Phantom Creek Estates (29 May 2017), online: