Posts tagged ‘Margaret River’

April 26, 2017

Vasse Felix Chardonnay, 2014

Spectacular.  And dear.

 

A perfect straddling of the butterscotch with citrus acidity, no oomph of oak, just daubs of wood like a Doppler effect.  Gorgeous to sip, a most lovely pair with halibut, and very hard not to swill the bottle.  I could drink it by the vat if I could afford it.  Not easy to source in BC but for those with the budget most worthwhile. Yet more magic from Margaret River.

 

Price: A whopping $37 before taxes at Everything Wine.

 

Market Liquidity: Spectacular.  And dear.

February 17, 2017

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011

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From the cellar: What’s your desert island wine appellation?  I mean if you had to drink, for the rest of your life, one appellation?  My hunch is most people will pick Bordeaux or Burgundy or Champagne.  For me, it would be a close call between Alsace and Margaret River.  I mean imagine having Leeuwin Estate on a Tuesday, Cape Mentelle on a Wednesday, Cullen on the weekend.  So much heaven in one small haven.

 

The Xanadu was a special purchase at BC Liquor; I picked up some a few years back to lie down.  This bottle was aching to come out for boeuf en daube on Family Day weekend.  And what a sensational treat.

 

Coconut.  Seriously.  Coconut and coconut oil.  Sweet overripe plum.  Chocolate, cherry, piquant oak and a bracing pine resin finish that bites then subsides and lingers on a vanilla note to infinity.  Sorry to exaggerate but it was really just that good.  Highly, highly recommended.  This is an ooh la la red.

 

Price: A mere $25 back at the beginning of 2015.  I wish I got a case.  You can find the 2013 in private shops currently around $30.

 

Market Liquidity: Wine turducken: A Pinot wrapped in a Merlot wrapped in a Syrah.

December 6, 2016

Ring Bolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

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If you’ve never had a Cab Sauv from Western Australia, I bet you could fool your pseudo vino friends by telling them it’s a California Pinot on a blind test.  There is something light, ethereal, charmingly fruity, and without the “impressiveness” of, say, Caymus.  I’ve only drunk a doz or so, but I find they are great to sip and fun to consider, in a back to back, with something more austere.

 

This lovely bottle is lively, acidic, brimming with a cherry soda top note and with a light but lingering berry finish.  It sips better than expected but held up quite well to turkey meatballs. Screw top to boot.

 

Price: $25 before tax at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

 

Market Liquidity: The warmth and pleasure of a swim in the Indian Ocean at a beach in Perth. In a bottle.

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May 18, 2016

Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay, 2013

Too much of everything, not enough of nothing, by which I mean a wine without grace.  Assertive, acidic, oaken, crisp, forgettable.

 

Despite the rather generic profile, there is a light butterscotch finish that’s pleasant enough.  There, I found something redeeming.

 

That all sounds negative.  It is.  But more important, this wine is affordable.  This is, actually, very good value in the $20 range, comparatively.  And, comparatively, about as good as you can expect in BC.  So a) probably low on the pointster scale and b) probably an everyday joy to anyone paying 40 per cent tax on their paycheque.

 

Price: $21 plus tax at Liberty

 

Market Liquidity: Dollarama trades at nearly $90 a share; don’t sniff at cheap.

Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay, 2013