Everyone needs to find a little latitude now and then, right?
Alberta wine drinkers can find themselves some latitude in a bottle of a pair of New Zealand wines, available now in liquor stores.
The makers of Stoneleigh wines say the Latitude series comes from an area known as the ‘Golden Mile’, an area regarded for its growing conditions.
“Produced in the Marlborough region, Stoneleigh vineyards are scattered with stones left by an ancient riverbed. The stones soak up the warmth of the sun’s rays by day and radiate that heat to help ripen the grapes by night. This natural phenomenon, coupled with the free-draining stony soils, inspires a distinctively crisp, fresh and elegant wine.”
With the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, winemaker Jamie Marfell says the Golden Mile has once again lived up to its name.
“These free-draining soils together with an abundance of stones have produced a typically ripe tropical fruit expression of Sauvignon Blanc from the Rapaura sub region, with palate weight and a fresh, crisp finish,” Marfell said.
The tasting notes describe lots of citrus, as well as hints of melon on the nose, with the honeydew, grapefruit and lime carrying over onto the palate.
As for the 2011 Pinot Noir, this wine seems more my speed.
“It’s all about the stones,” Marfell says, calling it a true reflection of the land on which it was grown.
It’s described as having smoky chocolate aromas with lots of red fruit on the palate with a silky finish.
While I am not a white wine drinker, the Sauv Blanc sounds like it would be a good match for chicken fresh off the grill.
But even when the weather warms up, I still tend to reach for a bottle of red. And that usually means a good Pinot Noir.
Although, rather than the duck confit Stoneleigh suggests as a pairing, I may lean toward a good bit of bison.