(2019) Rebel Pi is the brand of Canadian entrepreneur and ex-The Apprentice candidate, Jackie Fast, the wine made for her in the Okanagan Valley by Pentâge winery. It is 100% Roussanne, harvested whilst frozen, with reputedly 1/10th of the yield of super-concentrated juice that such a vineyard would normally give. It has a tinge of gold to the colour, and a warm, yellow plum and apricot aroma, a hint of honey and marmalade, some floral highlights too. In the mouth it is super-sweet for me, probably as sweet as most Vidal or Riesling counterparts, but the Roussanne does give a little more weight and texture perhaps, the fruit luscious and exotic, the intense sweetness just about balanced by the lime-clean acidity, so that this does freshen up in the finish, despite the 233g/l of sugar, glycerine and honey richness. Will stand up to the sweetest desserts, maybe tarte tatin being the most obvious foil. Price is for a half bottle.
(2006) Wonderfully inviting floral, musky nose of rose water and downy peach skins, with some pink grapefruit nuances. Off-dry and terrifically juicy, before a burst of pithy acidity. Delightful.
(2006) Though the Mosaic Bordeaux blend appealed, I've gone for this waxy, limey, and very intense Riesling from 22-year-old vines, which has terrific mouthfeel and length.
(2006) A 50/50 blend of barrel and stainless steel components, this has a fine, mealy quality with restrained oak, lots of crisp yellow plum and Asian pear, and superb acidity and length.
(2006) QwMT is a recently launched 'reserve' range showing terrific quality. This has beautifully delicate Lapsang Souchong and pomegranate notes, and fine, supple red fruit on the palate.
(2006) Very harmonious, supple, dark berry fruit tinged with coffee, cedar and a little gamey quality. Plush, fruity palate, with an edge of liquorice and good tannins and cherry acidity.
(2006) Not every Canadian Pinot I tasted impressed by any means, but this (with a hefty 14.5% ABV) was an exception. Rich, smooth, beautifully composed and fleshy, a truly fine Pinot.
(2006) Bordeaux grapes plus some Syrah give this a spicy, liquorice-tinged nose of blueberry and blackcurrant. The palate is supple, with plenty of extract and a peppery, finely balanced finish.
(2006) 100% un-oaked Semillon, this has a lovely lemon cheesecake nose, and a palate that tingles with vivid green apple and citrus fruit, with a shimmering, clean style.
(2006) Beautifully honeyed lime jelly and quince nose with tangerine notes that flood through onto the palate. Perfect fruit here, and shimmering, sharpening acidity.