This past Saturday I had the honour of attending the 17th Annual Wines of the World Fundraiser held by Palgrave Rotary Club at the EMG Complex in Palgrave. This event is the largest fundraiser for the Palgrave Rotary Club and is a wonderful chance to meet others from the area and try a large number of wines all in one place. The event showcases a number of domestic and international wines that are general list at the LCBO and available for under $20. Numerous tasting stations are set-up with each pouring 2-3 wines alongside food stations, a couple beer stations and a station featuring some of Caledon’s own Pommies Dry Cider. Only 2.5 hours long, it is tough to sample all of the 35+ beverage choices offered, but I tried my best and made notes on the 17 I did have a chance to partake in. Although I had tried a number of the these wines in the past, most of what I tried were new vintages and due to the sheer volume my tasting notes are somewhat abbreviated. In no particular order, here are the whites followed by the reds.
Pommies Dry Cider – Lovely apple notes, not too sweet, not too tart, great balance. Made in Caledon, my go-to cider choice. Excellent and highly recommended.
2011 Grant Burge Summers Chardonnay, Australia – Nose of lemon zinginess, flavours of lemon, acidic zinginess, really zingy. Better with food to balance out the zinginess.
2012 Carl Reh Riesling Kabinett, Germany – One of my favourites, a classic German Riesling at 8.5% alcohol, light and refreshing. Aromas of lime and brightness. Tastes just like lime bar mix with a pleasant residual sweetness. Reminded me of my time as a Rotary Exchange Student in Germany (Berlin, Potsdam, Werder) and the everyday wine that I drank with the Erdmann Family.
2011 Chateau Des Charmes Barrel Fermented Chardonnay VQA, Canada – Another favourite, I have tried a few past vintages of this wine and have been impressed with the flavours and elegance. Nose of apple, butterscotch and lemon pith, a gorgeous mouthfeel, taste of vanilla’d apple tart. Finish makes you want to drink some more. Delicious.
2013 Pansy Rose Kim Crawford, New Zealand – The only Rose I tried, an easy drinking summer wine with a little acidity to balance the sweetness. Nose of strawberry and rhubarb complimented by cherry and raspberry on the palate.
2010 Creekside Laura’s Red VQA, Canada – Classic Bordeaux nose with dark fruits, graphite, and stoney dirt. Refined flavours of ripe plum, cherry and raspberry jam with a nice tannin grip. Lovely and delicious.
Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, USA – Didn’t write down the vintage (’11 maybe?) but from what I can remember tasting this previously is that it is consistent in style between specific vintages. Aromas and flavours of dark red fruits, black fruits, cedar. Classic jammy Napa Cab high in alcohol and big fruit but balanced and lovely.
2011 Pirramimma Petit Verdot, Australia – Great nose of dark tar and dark fruits. Dark and brooding on the palate with delicious young tannins and a spicy finish.
2011 Hautes Cotes De Nuits, France – Nice nose of bright cherry that was replayed on the palate however somewhat muted. Better to smell than to drink. Meh, nothing special.
2013 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir, New Zealand – Nose of brick red fruits, pleasant lighter style of Pinot with an acidic tang to balance the cherry, raw beet, tart raspberry.
2012 Fifth Leg Carbernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot, Australia – Nose of dark fruits, blackberry, mulberry. Blackberry flavours with an overly acidic finish and alcohol burn. Not a big fan of this style of blend tasted on it’s own, needs to be paired with food.
2012 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia – Nose of cedar, tar, toasted barrel. Dry, dry dry tannins paired with black fruit. Young and closed still, will be great in a couple years.
2009 Monte Antico IGT, Italy – Smooth, still bright on the nose and palate with cherry raspberry and ripe plum. Great value on an easy drinking red.
2011 Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon, USA – Big nose of cherry jam, replayed with sweet raspberry jam, ripe red cherry, tart tannins. Nice California Cab.
2011 Las Rocas Garnacha, Spain – Raspberry jam nose, found the mouthfeel spicy, harsh and tangy. Not a fan of this offering.
2012 G Marquis Pinot Noir VQA, Canada – Starts off with aromas of earthen cherry and vanilla replayed on the palate with beet root juice and great acidic balance. Beautiful young Niagara Pinot.
2011 Cathedral Cell Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa – Lighter style of Cabernet Sauvignon, not as good as the Rodney Strong. Lighter red fruits, underripe strawberry and raspberry. Meh, nothing special.
2010 Montecillo Crianza, Spain – Lighter style of Tempranillo with bright tannins. Cherry, ripe plum, hint of cedar on both nose and palate. Better with food.