I bought this one at the winery based on past years experience, without tasting it. In Niagara I better than most know that wines can vary year to year. Wine makers are learning, new wine makers are coming on the scene, vineyards are trying new grapes, and growing seasons change, all leading to significant variances in year to year experiences. VQA is at best a loose series of guidelines guiding all this. What all this means I you ought not to assume just because you liked a previous vintage you may not like the next one. I find this particularly true of this lesson.
Pale in color with a unusual almost Riesling nose. On the mid palate the wine is an odd cross in flavors between a Riesling and a sauv blanc. There are some nice crisp dry notes, some grapefruit acidity along with a hint of Riesling like flavors and a hint of woodyness. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice minerality. It’s not sweet by any means. But it is an odd collection of flavors. I would give it an 87ish. Not terrible but not what I am looking for in a sauv blanc either. Fortunately I only bought two.
From the LCBO web site:
Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc VQA – LCBO#: 53678 | 750 mL bottle
Style – Light & Crisp › pale straw; gooseberry, citrus and grass aromas with tropical fruit notes; dry medium bodied; orange, lime and grapefruit flavours with a mineral note to finish $14.95
Alcohol/Vol 13.3% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp This is a VQA wine.
From the winery’s web site:
Classic Ontario Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavours of lime, lemon custard and gooseberry are carried beautifully on a crisp seam of acid through to a long lasting finish. 50% McNally Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Wismer Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Lepp Sauvignon Blanc.