You will receive the following four wines when you purchase this package (starting October):
Natte Velleij 2018 Cinsault
Young winemaker Alex Milner suddenly became very cinsault-centric when a professor told him not to bother reading the cinsault chapter in his textbook because it would be worthless to him. Fast forward from that 2011 conversation to today, and The Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective. Alex set out to find forgotten patches of old dryland bush vine cinsault across the Western Cape, expressing their individualities through low-interference winemaking. This is his collective bottling from 4 sites (Swartland, Darling, Stellenbosch x 2) showcasing the grape and greater Cape. After whole bunch fermentation, this spent one year in old oak barrels and concrete eggs. Still much in youth, with plum, juicy raspberry, sapid branch and smokey peppercorn on a medium bodied, softer palate. Tannins are similarly soft and nubile, though acidity is fine and tight, drawing this to a lingering nutmeg finish (and an impressing 12.5 degrees). Give this young wine some airtime and a chill to show its best.
Score: 90 points -- Treve Ring, gismondionwine.com, 2019
Langmeil 2018 Riesling Live Wire
The Live Wire represents an energetic evolution of the traditional Riesling style introduced by our migrant forefathers in the 1840s. From the renowned Eden Valley, it is finely balanced with upfront fruit and a tangy crispness on the finish. Vivacious and perfectly refreshing!
Lock & Worth 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Lock & Worth is a Naramata based partnership between Matthew Sherlock & Ross Hackworth – longtime colleagues and comrades from Nichol Vineyard, further up Naramata Bench. The duo’s low interventionist winemaking philosophy is in play here, with grapes sourced from 1999 plantings on gravelly soils in Oliver. Three quarter whole cluster press and a six month layover in neutral French oak has filled out some of the mineral stoney framework, resulting in a flinty, wild herb and citrus tressed wine, with texture and length beyond its humble price. Bright acidity tempered with a gentle cushion of pear, hay and salted, dried herbs. Striking labels are a tribute to beauty in simplicity – much like this wine.
Chateau Clos Mansio 2015 Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
Dark in color with a nice back plum nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold rich black plum notes, the merlot is quite dominant. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with some nice tannins and mild acidity. This is an approachable food friendly wine. We paired it with a meat spaghetti and it worked well. I would give it an 88 which for the price is a good deal. It’s not as complex as some, quite good! The LCBO say full bodied and smooth, I agree! From the winery’s web site: this wine is 70% Merlot 30% Malbec. This is a wine from the Right bank of Bordeaux in the Blaye Cotes du Bordeux region.