Author Archives: John Galea

2016 Matua Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose, leaping up at you. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice grassy notes along with citrus flavors. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely crisp … Continue reading

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2006 Meerlust Rubicon

I had the pleasure of attending my first ever South African Wine Society event where they were featuring a vertical of 10 of Meerlust’s Rubicon Bordeaux blend wine. This one was the star of the night for me. Inky dark … Continue reading

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2016 Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Inky dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black berries screaming through. While this is a blend with Cab, the shiraz is the dominant flavor. You could easily close … Continue reading

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Watchdog Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some very nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a … Continue reading

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El Camino Rectoral do Umia Albariño 2015

Regular reader know I’ve written up Albariño’s in the past, I’m a fan. When well made they are crisp dry, super food friendly and reasonably priced. If your unsure of their flavor profile, these can go anywhere you would put … Continue reading

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Murphy Goode Red Blend 2012

Dark in color with a mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely velvety tannins, a hint of sweetness … Continue reading

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2016 Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice crisp citrus note. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely citrus notes, and some … Continue reading

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2014 Chateau Clauzet

Another one from my Bordeaux futures order. Ink dark in color with a mild dark cherry nose and some oak. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid rich black cherry notes to match the nose along with some … Continue reading

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Cave de Roquebrun La Grange des Combes Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun 2015

Ink dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is an ok wine, … Continue reading

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2016 Lumina Ruffino Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate especially without food there’s some mild stone fruits, (think peach), but the dominant flavour here is definitely citrus, lemon and the like. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Invivo Pinot Gris 2016

Pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some odd out of place flavors, I would say nectarine that the LCBO description referred to. There’s a slight hint of pear. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2015 Mission Hill Five Vineyard Cab/Merlot

Inky dark in color with a nice hearty dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of lovely dark berries along with some mocha and oaky/earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2015 Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chard

I last reviewed the 2014 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This one is slightly golden in color with a nice nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with the usual suspects, … Continue reading

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2015 Duckhorn Cab Sauv

I last wrote up the 2013 vintage of this wine and loved it. This wine is on the by the bottle list at the Keg for $64 which is not a bad deal for a wine that costs $34.75 from … Continue reading

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Oak Bay Pinot Noir 2013

I love pinots and love Okanagan wines, the terroir from the region is distinct. This wine is lovely garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich rustic … Continue reading

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Alba Vega Albariño 2015

Albariño as you may know is a white grape grown primarily in Spain that when done right creates a lovely crisp, dry, food friendly, sauv blanc like wine. This one is no exception. Pale in color with a nice crisp … Continue reading

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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2016

Pale in color with a lovely crisp dry nose, with some nice minerality and citrus notes coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely crisp dry citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Xavier Ventoux 2015

The back of this wine says AOC Protogee … I did a bunch of digging and eventually found out the wine is from the Rhone valley and the wine is 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 20% Mourvèdre. Dark in color … Continue reading

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Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely grassy notes along with some nice pink grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity and some nice … Continue reading

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Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Inky dark in color with a nice vibrant cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice dark cherries coming through along with some oak. I previously reviewed the 2008 vintage of this wine and loved … Continue reading

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Wakefield Pinot Noir 2016

Garnet in color with a mild light red berry nose. On the mid palate there are some varietal pinot noir notes, this raspberries and the like. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal pinot noir notes to match … Continue reading

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2016 Pondview Dragonfly Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a mild crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dry crisp notes along with a hint of peach,and pear and stone fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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2014 Pepper Tree Merlot mini review

Sorry to be a little slow on the updates. Life’s been a bit busy. Dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold dark fruits and some plum. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2015 Dalrymple Pinot noir mini review

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays the usual soft red berries and some nice rustic notes. This is a spot on varietal pinot … On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2014 Gretzky Estates Merlot

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice dark berries coming through along with some earthy notes and some oak. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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