Chateau Des Charmes 2017 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc - 87pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2017 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc (Niagara-On-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here and LCBO stores
Cost: $15.95
Alcohol: 12.7%
Production: 7000 cases
Date Tasted: May 25th, 2018

Tasting Notes: Pleasantly stinky on the nose with a touch of asparagus and ammonia notes contributing some zing to the Asian pear, grass and stony, gooseberry aromas. Palate is well balanced with a touch of residual sugar contrasting the crisp apple and tangy citrus acidity and flavours. This platinum blond Sauvignon Blanc should make for a delicious sun quencher during the hotter months of the year (also known as 'Summer').
 Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Boekenhoutskloof 2017 The Wolftrap - 86pts

Boekenhoutskloof 2017 The Wolftrap (W.O Western Cape) South Africa

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores
Cost: $13.49 +taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 24, 2018

Tasting Notes: Predominantly savoury and spicy on the nose, though, not without a perceptible layer of ripe blackberry nicely integrated amongst the peppercorn, new leather and cured meat aromas. The full bodied and RS-kissed palate is packed with sweet and savoury spice with red and dark fruit flavours complimenting the dusty tannins. Finish is short but satisfying. Pair with sweet'n'spicy BBQ ribs (heavy on the sauce). 
Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Anthonij Rupert Wyne 2017 Protea Chenin Blanc - 86pts

Anthonij Rupert Wyne 2017 Protea Chenin Blanc (W.O. Western Cape) South Africa

Availability: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $12.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: May 23rd, 2018

Tasting Notes: A flash of candied ginger opens the nose of the Western Cape Chenin Blanc with aromas of melon and citrus fruit following swiftly. The mouth-watering and fleshy palate is lightly off-dry offering candied, citrus acidity like the sweet'n'tangy fruit slice confections of old, to balance the profile of apricot, melon, peach and tangerine flavours. Finish is a bit short, though, a touch of spice lingers briefly.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca 

JoieFarm 2017 Chic Fille Pinot Meunier Rosé - 86pts

JoieFarm 2017 Chic Fille Pinot Meunier Rosé (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $30.35 + taxes
Alcohol: 10.5%
Date Tasted: May 19th, 2018

Tasting Notes: 'Chic Fille' is a new side label from JoieFarm's proprietor and winemaker, Heidi Noble, and this first release, a ros
é, falls into the 'for better, for worse' category of ultra-natural wines which showcase the raw, un-manipulated characters of their fermented variety, in this case, the seldom non-sparkling, Champagne workhorse, Pinot Meunier; and 'raw' it is.

This deep pink hued, dry, low-alcohol, high acid rosé tastes of Pinot Meunier grapes right off the vine complete with the tannin and savoury notes of the crushed seeds and skins. Look for a touch of spice on the bitter, citrus-rind flavoured finish after the confected fruit and smoky grapefruit characters fade. 

Shares only a little DNA with the more polished and approachable, "Think Pink" flagship rosé under the house label, therefore, consider the Chic Fille blush the unkempt, slightly smelly, distant hippy cousin of the family. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

KWV Winery 2015 Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - 88pts

KWV Winery 2015 Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Western Cape) South Africa

Availability: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $13.99-16.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: May 18th, 2018

Tasting Notes: If you don't like a bit of smoke in your wine then you'll want to steer clear of this Cabernet Sauvignon from KWV whose plummy-chocolate-herbal nose is practically smoldering. The combination carries through to the full-bodied, slightly off-dry palate (to this reviewer's delight).
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca