One of the best rosé bruts to come out of Ontario has undergone a make-over … thankfully it’s not what’s in the bottle that has changed – instead it’s the outside packaging. The label is now a more prominent colour, a cross between baby and sky blue, eye-catching, but not necessarily better looking – like it or not the one positive thing you can say about it is that you won’t miss it on the shelf. As for what’s in the bottle, this version seems to be one of the best I’ve had in quite some time (could be because it is grapes primarily from the 2008 vintage – a good vintage for sparkling and whites). Nose of apple and strawberry; the strawberry continues on the palate with green apple acidity and a hint of minerality … there’s also a lovely lemon-strawberry finish. But the wine was best summed up by my wife when she said, “I don’t usually smell it, I just drink it.” All said with a big smile as she drained the glass and asked for another. Price: $29.95 – Rating: **** ½+
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