Cuvée Johan Adam Hauck VDP.Gutswein 2014 

 

LCBO#  155241    l    $29.80

3 Grapes -  Gault & Millau

4 Stars Eichelmann

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

This red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Madeleine and Dornfelder.  Pinot Madeleine may be unfamiliar to many: also known as Pinot Noir Précoce or Frühburgunder among other synonyms.  It is grown mostly in Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Mosel regions in Germany, and a little bit in Switzerland. Like Pinot Noir, it is temperamental, low yielding and susceptible to diseases. Its advantage is that is ripens a good 3 weeks earlier than Pinot Noir. With the Cabernet Sauvignon and Dornfelder, it makes for a rich, dark wine, already nicely aged, ready to enjoy.

 

Tasting Note:  A classy red wine that enchants with its dark red shimmering robe and elegant aromas of blackberries, sour cherries and wild herbs. It presents itself with a clear structure and pronounced depth and impresses with a tangy, spicy aftertaste. Successful use of barriques - 20 months. The ideal accompaniment to meat dishes of all kinds, cheese & sausage assortments, pasta or simply to enjoy in front of the fireplace!. 13% alc./vol.

Weingut Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

Dornfelder VDP.Gutswein 2015

 

LCBO#  155225   l   $24.75

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Dornfelder is a red native grape to Germany, a cross between the Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe grapes (both crosses themselves), created in 1955 by  August Herold.  It’s the 2nd most grown grape variety in Germany and does particularly well in Pfalz and Rheinhessen. The result is a deeply red coloured wine with a soft, rich mouthfeel.  Dornfelder is often aged in oak to achieve more complexity and structure.  A wine that benefits from aging, allowing for mellower tannins.  Here, the wine is 6 years old, perfectly ready to enjoy now. The best part is the low alcohol: 12.5%alc./vol.

 

Tasting Note: Aromas of ripe red and black cherries. Cassis, subtle oak and coconut, creamy and bound. Ending with aromas of plum confit and nougat. A very soft, velvety red wine with a delicate and long-lasting finish. Pairs well with pastas, pizzas, cheeses, red meat.  Could even benefit from a bit of chilling in the hot summer weather. 12.5% als./vol.

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

Siegrist Pinot Blanc

VDP.Gutswein 2019 

 

LCBO#  957877    l   $25.15

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting NoteFirst a subdued, gentle perfume then a surprising opening on the palate with green apple, pear and honey melon. Juicy and powerful, lively and complex with a refreshing acidity and lightly mineral finish. Pairs well with fish, seafood, poultry, white meats and of course any Asian foods such as sushi. Makes for a great summer sipper. Also known as Weissburgunder.

12.5% alc./vol.

 

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

Siegrist Sauvignon Blanc

VDP.Gutswein 2019

LCBO#  957885    l   $27.45

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting Note: Intense fragrance of blackcurrant blossom, exotic fruits, lychee, mango and kiwi. Generous mouth feel, complex with refreshing acidity and light mineral finish. Serve with goat cheese with honey, fish, seafood, white meat, Asian cuisine, sushi. The German take on Sauvignon Blanc - ripe and tasty. 13% alc./vol.

 

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

Siegrist Pinot Noir

VDP.Gutswein 2017

LCBO#  957893    l   $27.45

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting Note: A characterful Burgundian style Pinot Noir. Intense, wild, deep fruit with elegant coolness and structure. Aromas of spices, herbs and black fruits. Fantastic mouth feel and long finish. Perfect for beef, lamb, wild boar and deer dishes. One of the red grapes that works very well in Germany - also known as Blauburgunder.

12.5% alc./vol.

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

Siegrist Leinsweiler Riesling Eigensinn VDP.Ortswein 2019 

LCBO#  957501   l   $34.25

3 Grapes  - Gault & Millau

4 Stars - Eichelmann

 

Weingut Siegrist is a family owned and managed winery since 1974, when Thomas and Gisela Siegrist chose an uncommon path for their vini - and viti- cultural methods.  First, rebelliously for the region, they chose to focus on grape growing only, not mixed agriculture as was the norm. Thomas Siegrist wanted to make wines according to nature. Wines with a home and an origin. Wines with character and uniqueness. To achieve this, he chose to use barriques in the winemaking process.  At the time, this was considered quite a deviation in the German wine world.  Thomas Siegrist did not give up and is now one of the founding members of the German Barrique Forum - because this process accepted elsewhere to produce the best wines is now not only allowed but highly valued in Germany. Today, their daughter Kirsten and son-in-law Bruno have joined the winery to continue Thomas’ vision.

 

Tasting NoteA masterpiece of Riesling which demonstrates perfectly the precious mussel limestone terroir. A bouquet of herbs and yellow stone fruit combined with straightforward minerality. Very complex and elegant. The expressive minerality of the terroir completes this Riesling giving incredible depth and finesse. Pair with fish and white meat dishes: Blanquette de Veau (veal ragout), Lotte de Mer (monkfish) in lemon sauce or Rabbit in a Riesling cream. 13% alc/vol.

Weingut
Siegrist

Pfalz

Germany

 
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Wassmann Kékfrankos 2015

DHC Villány 

 

LCBO#  910645    l    $38.85

Available exclusively online

GOLD Medal  -  PAR Wine Award International (Wine System AG)

Susann Hanauer and her husband Ralf Wassmann moved to Hungary from Germany and set up their eponymous biodynamic winery in Pécsdevecser (Villány - Siklós) in 2002 and the rest is history.  Through the Destination Collection/eCommerce program at the LCBO, we are able to bring in wines that would otherwise perhaps not be available in Ontario, in limited quantities, giving adventurous wine lovers the opportunity to discover gems from around the world.   Ralf and Susann’s winery is Demeter certified and holds the DHC Villány origin certification. Their wines contain minimal sulphur and the corks are chlorine free - low intervention natural wine production allowing the biodynamically grown grapes to speak for themselves.

 

Kékrankos is a red grape also known as Lemberg and Blaufränkisch in Germany and Austria.

Tasting Note: From WEIN-PLUS - ‘Zehr Gut!”: “Clear, cool and quite firm scent of cherries and dark berries with slightly herbal and floral nuances, hint of bacon and a hint of pepper. Tart, slightly acidic, yet slightly covered fruit with a bite and youthful, fine-grained tannins, cool style, good sustainability, still yeasty tones, some salinity in the background, has freshness, quite elegant style, a hint of paprika and olives in the background, very good finish with a bite. Needs some time .” 12% alc./vol.

 

Wassmann
Pince

Villány

Hungary

Wassmann Cabernet Franc 2016

DHC Villány 

 

LCBO#  937168    l    $57.05

Available online and in select stores

SILVER Medal - PAR Wine Award International (Wine System AG)

Susann Hanauer and her husband Ralf Wassmann moved to Hungary from Germany and set up their eponymous biodynamic winery in Pécsdevecser (Villány - Siklós) in 2002 and the rest is history.  Through the Destination Collection/eCommerce program at the LCBO, we are able to bring in wines that would otherwise perhaps not be available in Ontario, in limited quantities, giving adventurous wine lovers the opportunity to discover gems from around the world.   Ralf and Susann’s winery is Demeter certified and holds the DHC Villány origin certification. Their wines contain minimal sulphur and the corks are chlorine free - low intervention natural wine production allowing the biodynamically grown grapes to speak for themselves.

 

Wassman’s Cabernet Franc is a wine of powerful elegance, fit for any choice beef, lamb or pork cut.

Tasting Note: From WEIN-PLUS - “Firm, slightly tobacco-like scent of black berries and a little red pepper with delicate bacon and floral nuances. Ripe, firm, very juicy fruit, fine tannin, noticeable acid and clear minerality, persistent on the palate,  hints of red pepper, herbal nuances, depth, poweful, peppery-spicy notes, very good, firm, tangy-juicy and slightly smoky finish with cocoa notes.“ 14% alc./vol.

 

Wassmann
Pince

Villány

Hungary

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Astronaut Baga Bruto DOC

Bairrada 2016

LCBO#  134097    l    $21.30

This fun sparkling is technically a Blanc de Noir as Baga is a red grape native to the Bairrada and Dão regions in central Portugal. The wine is bottle fermented and aged 36 months in the same bottle before disgorgement and release. A very affordable and elegant sparkling with a very snazzy label, sure to impress.

 

Tasting Note: White peach colour. Fine fizzy mousse. On the palate: light red fruit, lemon, brioche flavours. Long, fresh, salivating. Creamy. All-purpose festive sparkling. Ideal pairing from starters to dessert. Serve at 6-8ºC. 12% alc./vol.

Bairrada

Portugal

Astronaut
 

 
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Astronaut Moscatel do Douro DOC Douro

LCBO#  134113     l    $22.70

Who doesn’t love a fine Portuguese Moscatel?  A widely appreciated fortified wine enjoyed both as a refreshing apéritif or as a fine dessert wine.  This is a Moscatel Galego Branco (aka Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains), mostly found in the Douro, and recognized worldwide as the most elegantly scented in the family of Moscatels. The whole bunch of grapes were subjected to treading in a traditional ‘lagar’, blended with previous vintages and aged in wooden vats to result in this delicious, easy sipping fortified wine.

 

Tasting Note: Orange marmalade, lychees, passion fruit, rose, dry hay. Caramelized and spicy. Exuberant. Dense and creamy, sweetness in agreement with the final freshness. Match with pastéis de nata, butter tarts made with maple syrup, festive desserts. Also flattering with an ice cube and lemon zest. Serve at 11ºC.  17% alc./vol.

Douro

Portugal

Astronaut

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Astronaut Touriga Nacional IG

Lisboa 2017 

LCBO#  134105      l    $21.30

Gold - Sélections Mondiales des Vins 2017

 

The classic Portuguese red grape, hailing from the Dão region. This award-winning wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks with delicate exposure to American oak prior to bottling.  

 

Tasting Note: Dark purple, intense red berries, chocolate and spice on the nose. Varietal characters of bergamot and violet. Juicy, fleshy mouthfeel with a long-lasting, lively and medium tannic finish. Pairs superbly with feijoada, tripe, red meats, roast goat and lamb, cheeses. Very good company for steaks with flavourful, spiced sauces. Serve at 18 ºC. 13.5% alc./vol.

Lisboa

Portugal

Astronaut
 

Goedverwacht, J & G

Chardonnay 2018   

LCBO#  189265     l    $17.75

3 Stars - John Platter

Goedverwacht Estate is a family owned winery, situated in the Robertson Valley on the banks of the Breede River. The farm has been owned by the Du Toit family for three generations.

In the 1960’s, Gabriël Hendrik du Toit, a civil engineer, followed his dream of becoming a wine farmer by buying two neighbouring farms, totalling 70 ha, in the beautiful Breede River Valley, between Robertson and Bonnievale. He added a third property to start a dairy farm and called it Soek Die Geluk ( which translates to ‘look for the happiness’), since he firmly believed that he would find happiness in this enterprise. Today Soek die Geluk is a well-known export label to the Netherlands.

Between 1989 and 2015, Jan and Gawie du Toit, the current owners, added five more farms to the original properties and at present the farms cover a total of 380 ha. Of this, 280 ha is under irrigation and 180 ha under vineyards.

Goedverwacht, translated into English means Great Expectations which is one of their main wine series.  The J & G  series is named after Jan and his son Gawie, respectively the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Du Toit family and who now own and manage the estate.

 

Tasting Note: A full-bodied yet refined Chardonnay with enticing citrus and minerality on the nose. Subtle oak aromas lend complexity to the wine. The palate is creamy but with a good line of acidity. Ideal with spicier dishes or white fish. 13.5% alc./vol. Enjoy now.
 

Robertson

South Africa

Goedverwacht Family
Winery

 

Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

LCBO#  155076      l    $32.35

Platinum Award SAWI (South African Wine Index)

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate is a venerable winery and luxury retreat located in the Franschhoek valley (French Corner) in the Western Cape - one of the most qualitative wine regions in South Africa. Founded over 325 years ago by a French Huguenot priest from Provence, escaping religious persecution. At his death in 1732, he left behind an amazing legacy in the form of the Grande Provence manor, built in the Cape Dutch architectural style, and acres of vineyards for future generations to cultivate. Today the estate is owned by Belgian and Dutch business groups - they have created a stunning retreat with luxury accommodations, fine dining, art gallery, farm shop, and of course, their award-winning wines.  The Grande Provence tasting room is one of the most visited in South Africa. 

Vinification

The grapes are harvested from southwest facing vineyards in the Franschhoek valley. The well-drained, decomposed sandstone soils are ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon. Thys Smit, head winemaker, implements appropriate canopy management to achieve berries with deep colour and concentrated fruit flavours. What makes this wine unique is the location of the vineyard next to a row of eucalyptus trees. During summer, the trees suck up all the water from the surrounding soil. High summer temperatures cause the eucalyptus trees to ‘sweat’ through the leaves, producing a mist that is blown over the vineyard. The fine droplets landing on the grapes, impart the unique minty taste to the wine. This wine was matured in French oak barrels for 24 months.

Tasting Note: Here’s a perfect medium-bodied red wine to accompany the best barbecues starting now. The nurturing velvety tannins and elegant finish will wrap you in pure gustatory comfort. This wine teems with raspberries, cherries, mulberries and plums with notes of fruitcake, pencil shavings and tobacco. 14% alc./vol. Enjoy now or cellar for 5-8 years.

 

Serving Suggestion: This plush red wine sips beautifully on its own or enjoy it with hearty roasts, steaks or lamb skewers bedecked in mushroom and rosemary, barbecued meats and sausages.

Franschhoek

South Africa

Grande Provence Heritage
Estate

Heron Hill Pinot Noir Reserve 2017 

LCBO#  124114     l    $38.15

89 Points, Year's Best US Pinot Noir (Best Buy) Wine & Spirits 2020

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes wine producing region of New York, specifically in Hammondsport, at the southern tip of Keuka Lake, Heron Hill is an award-winning winery growing grapes since 1972 and producing wines since 1977 to the delight and pleasure of critics and consumers alike.

 

Jo and John Ingle met at university in Colorado in 1969 and decided to settle in the Finger Lakes, after a life-changing summer of picking Concord grapes in a neighbour’s vineyard. In 1972, they planted their first vines on 20 acres, with the initial intention to sell grapes to wineries.  However after a few years, when there were grapes ready for harvest, thanks to a glut of grapes in the New York market, they were unable to unload their crop. Their solution?  Build a winery.  And that is how Heron Hill Winery came into existence. The winery practises sustainable agriculture and makes environmentally green choices at every level of growth and production. Heron Hill’s Tasting Room, housed in a 100-year old barn on Canadaigua Lake has won numerous awards for its beauty, scenery and of course wine and hospitality. Well worth a visit once travel is permitted again.

 

And there is a Canadian connection too! Heron Hill’s new winemaker Jordan Harris is from Ontario. A graduate from Niagara College, he previously led the team at Tarara Winery in Virginia before joining Heron Hill Winery.  He was recognized as one of Canada’s top up-and-coming winemakers.  He was also named ‘Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers’ by Wine Enthusiast and was awarded ‘Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the USA’ through Intowine.com

For the first time, after many awarded wines and a very strong presence in the Finger Lakes wine community, one of their wines is available in Ontario online and in select stores.

Tasting Note: Blend of Pinot Noir grapes from two different vineyard sites on Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. Fermentation of 14 days on the skins. 14 months aging in French oak, 13% alc./vol. and no residual sugars.

Light bodied in structure with mineral and warm spice aromas. Cherry and plum fruit dominate the palate with round tannins. For summer - perfect cedar planked salmon on the grill; in the fall and winter - eggplant parmesan. roast turkey, baked salmon, light pork dishes, cheeses.

 

Finger Lakes

New York 

Heron Hill Winery