Well these wines might not be NEW, but they are the picks of 5 top wine experts in the city. I attended ‘Excitement in a Glass’ during the Vancouver International Wine Festival in February to learn what a team of Masters of Wine and Sommeliers were drinking.
Here are a few of my favourites from the seminar:
1. Tahbilk – Museum Release Marsanne 2008, Australia, $26
>>There are not too many 100% Marsanne in the market, and yet it’s perfect for Spring with it long acidity, crisp citrus and slight floral notes with a full body. And it’s a great value when you know the vines date back to the 1860’s!
2. Catena Zapata – Chardonnay White Stones, Argentina, $95
>>For all you non-chardonnay drinkers, this one might help steer you into a Chardonnay fan club. Nicely balanced, with citrus and green apple, jasmine and white peach notes. The vineyard sits high in the Andes at 1500 metres – the highest in Mendoza.
3. Stina – Pošip 2013, Croatia, $49.99
>>Can’t say I have ever sipped on a grape called Pošip (Poh-sheep), let alone a wine from Croatia. But what a pleasant surprise! This grape is indigenous to Dalmatia, it was fresh, minerally, with soft and supple body, nicely balanced acidity. Watch out for this winery, they are doing a great job to bring Croatia back on the map.
4. Fowles Wines – Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz 2010, Australia, $39.99
>>This cool climate Shiraz was made to pair with food – think wild game! It’s spicy, peppery notes balanced well with a medium body, juicy tannins with a slight herb and mineral note on the back of the palate. Think savoury Shiraz vs. fruit forward jam-bomb.
5. Damilano – Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2009, Italy, $94.99
>>Made from Nebbiolo, think dirty old fruits with grippy tannins, it was delicious. Better paired with food vs. sipping on its own.
6. Undurraga – T.H. (Terroir Hunter) Carignan 2012, Chile, $29.99
>>Often overlooked in the wine shop, yet it’s so delicious. Concentrated juice of black fruits and red berries, it’s inky, with smooth medium tannins and hint of earth. Mmmm. From 50-year-old bush vines, dry farmed on granite.