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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel

1 day, 18 hours ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Malbec Rosés are becoming increasingly popular with this grape’s ability to give deep violet-pink colour to the wine as well an array of aromas and complexity, but River Stone has perfected their Malbec rosé. Perfectly poised, brilliant and amazingly balanced, currently showing aromas and flavours reminiscent of strawberry, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals with a luscious, dry, savory finish. Buy by the case. Serve slightly chilled. Pair with lamb kebabs. The Malbec grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and 60% of the grapes are left uncrushed. Skin contact is typically between 24 and 48 hours with grapes fully pressed, extracting colour and tannins from this naturally tannic grape varietal giving structure and complexity to this beautiful rosé.

1 day, 18 hours ago

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

The River Stone Estate Winery Sparkling White Merlot 2018 is a pretty coral-pink and tasty bubble. Made in the Charmat method and produced from mostly Merlot wine grapes with a splash of Malbec giving this fragrant fresh red berry and plum sparkler mild savoury aromas on the nose. Barely dry, medium-bodied with a lively mousse of bright, ripe red berry, red plum, soft orange citrus and dried herb flavours on the palate. Very refreshing and moreish. Serve chilled with fresh-steamed BC spot prawns, poached salmon, pan-fried trout.

River Stone Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 18 hours ago

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

Love the mouth feel on this fragrant single-estate 2018 River Stone Estate Winery Pinot Gris with fresh, ripe peach and Canary melon aromas. Off-dry (8.0 g/l residual sugar), fresh on the palate with medium-plus weight, ripe and lush peach, pear and melon flavours rich and generous on the palate. Good acidity for food. Pair with roast chicken, cold turkey sandwiches or chill and enjoy on its own. The Pinot Gris grapes for this vintage were sourced from River Rock Estate Vineyards, The vineyard is south-facing ang grapes were harvested when the vines were in their 15th leaf (balanced pruning to photosynthetic capability of leaves) from this South Okanagan vineyard with rocky sand, and gravelly soils from the last glacial recession. A short period of contact with the skins gives this pretty PG and old-pink-gold hue. Fermentation was in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tank, as well as spending several months on fine lees prior to filtering and bottling giving the finished wine a fine elegance, structure and luxurious mouth feel.

South Okanagan

South Okanagan Secrest Mountain Chardonnay V.Q.A. 2017

South Okanagan, Canada
7 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Secrest Mountain Chardonnay 2017 is sourced from Secrest Mountain Vineyard in Oliver, South Okanagan. The vineyard was planted in 2000 and is located 487 metres (1600 feet) above sea level allowing the grapes to ripen evenly in the heat of the day and to gather their sugars in the cool of the night. This is a bone-dry, medium-plus-bodied, unwooded Chardonnay, creamy with bright tropical fruit, toasted nut and lemon curd flavours on the palate finishing long and mouth-watering. Nicely balanced, the Chardonnay rested eight months on its gross lees giving texture, structure and freshness to this wine at 13% abv and .5 g/l residual sugar. Lush and satisyfing, pair with fresh-steamed lobster and drawn garlic-herb butter, or a buttered lobster roll.

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Haywire Pinot Noir Canyonview V.Q.A. 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
7 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Canyonview Vineyard is a 4.5-acre vineyard on an east/west terrace with southern exposure that rides down Trout Creek Canyon to nearby Okanagan Lake. The lake moderates vineyard temperatures cooling off the vineyard in the summer and keeping it warm in the winter. The Pinot Noir grapes love this and it shows. Canyonview Pinot Noir is ruby in the glass with bricking at the edge. Enticing on the nose with earthy herb, fresh mushroom, fresh red cherry and red berry aromas, the PN is dry, spicy and layered on the palate with ripe red cherry, black raspberry, savoury herbs and mouth-watering acidity to match. Smooth and satisfying. Pair with roast duck and rack of lamb. In its fourth vintage, Canyonview 2014 Pinot Noir is small-batch fermented with native yeasts and matures in concrete tank for 11 months.

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