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Craig Haynes

Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS IWS

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Gray Monk Estate Winery Kerner 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
49 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 89/100

The 2020 Gray Monk Kerner is an aromatic, off dry, fruity white wine from British Columbia, Canada’s Okanagan Valley appellation. It would be an understatement to describe this creation’s scents as pronounced. They are massive. They leap out of my glass in layers brimming with sweet pear, tart grapefruit, lemon zest and juicy peach. These notes define the flavour profile, too. Medium bodied and low alcohol (just above 10%), this Kerner feels mouthcoating with lively acidity. Kerner is a grape varietal of German origin. I’d serve this as an aperitif and with grilled fish. Reviewed December 2021

Sandhill Cabernet Franc 2019

British Columbia, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada
49 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 89/100

The 2019 Sandhill Cabernet Franc wants to be opened at a BBQ. From British Columbia, Canada’s Okanagan Valley appellation, this creation’s attractive aromatic style suggests subtle red cherries scents teamed up with sweet cassis plus smoke and spice. Its flavours headliners are berries and cherries – red and ripe – as well as some noticeable herbaceous notes. A ready partner for grilled meats, this Sandhill feels medium bodied, super dry with a silky tannin structure and attention seeking acidity. Enjoy. Reviewed December 2021

Small Lots

Sandhill Small Lots Sangiovese 2017

Okanagan Valley British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
49 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 91/100

The 2017 Sandhill Small Lots Sangiovese is a contemplative, understated and captivatingly delicious expression of this Italian varietal. Goodness is happening here. Harvested from a single vineyard, this red’s low key, charismatic aromas evoke red berries and cherries, red berry sweets as well as hints of sweet cedar, bitter dark chocolate and baking spices. This creation from British Columbia, Canada’s Okanagan Valley appellation is medium bodied and feels pleasingly desert dry with gently pulling tannins, modest acidity and a minutes long finish. Its flavours - compact and impactful – have a ripe red berries and herbaceous focus. Sandhill encourages people to decant their Sangiovese so that oxygen can expand its aroma + flavour profile. This recommendation is sound advice for this 2017 offering, however, as you enjoy this bottle consider decanting small portions for different intervals of time so that you can experience this red’s profile as it develops. I wish I had second bottle so that I could cellar it for 12 to 24 months. I’d serve this one with hard Italian cheeses. Reviewed December 2021


Rosehall Run Defiant Pinot Noir 2020

Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
52 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 89/100

The 2020 Rosehall Run Defiant unapologetically amplifies Pinot Noir's red berry characteristics. Classified as being from Ontario, Canada's provincial appellation, this cheery wine reveals plenty of pleasingly pronounced fresh aromas of just picked red berries. Its flavours evoke wild berries - like wild raspberries and strawberries - and subtle notes of oak spice. Ready to be chilled and poured, this creation feels medium bodied, and extra dry with light touch velvety tannins. I'd serve this with herbed, meaty sauces any day.

Sandhill Sovereign Opal 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada
52 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 90/100

The 2020 Sandhill Sovereign Opal was crafted with hand harvested Sovereign Opal grapes from just one of Sandhill’s vineyards “the Casorso”. The result is a delicious wine. It feels light bodied, off dry with light acidity and it has plenty of fresh stone fruit and citrusy flavours among others. What I like most about this white wine from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley are the aromas. The assortment of stone fruit and citrus scents is arrestingly appealing to me because they’re simultaneously fresh and confectionary. Chapeau to the winemaker for this aromatic gift in a glass. Reviewed December 2021

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