Pelee Island Winery Part 2

Header-image-StephenBy Robert K. Stephen CSW

(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Lake Erie North Shore wineries craft both good Rieslings and Gewürztraminer, so it makes sense a blend of the two should be equally successful. Unfortunately there is no blend percentage on the label.

It’s light gold in colour. Fruity, indeed, on the nose with notes of apple, lemon meringue pie, pear, peach, cigarette ash, and pineapple.

On the palate, baked pear, vanilla, and honey crisp apples.

Fifty-one per cent Gewurtz and 49% Riesling. Drinkable, simple, and pleasant. Something to be quaffed at a church summer supper. A Pelee Island pleaser.(Pelee Island Gewürztraminer Riesling 2103, Pelee Island Winery, 750 mL, 12.5%, $12.75, Square Media Group Rating 86/100).

The Pelee Island Chardonnay is pale gold in colour with aromas of pear, apple, butterscotch, and guava. Smooth but enough acidity to remind you that you are drinking wine.

On the palate, nondescript, if barely discernible, pear and apple with a lack of finish or presence in the mouth. Suitable for fish fry on a filthy hot and humid summer day. (Pelee Island Winery 2013 Chardonnay (Non Oak) VQA Ontario, Pelee Island Winery, 750 mL, 13%, $10.75, Square Media Group Rating 70/100).

The Cabernet Franc Rosé has a very anaemic pinkish brown colour with an uninspiring gramps and grandpa type of label. Faint notes of apple, cranberry, and pear on the nose. A solid raspberry foundation, however faint as it might be.

On the palate, dilute and watery raspberry notes with a nondescript finish. Or, to be polite, we might want to say a delicate finish.

I think the masses deserve a far better rosé. A very close cousin to the 2013 Chardonnay. (Pelee Island Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc Rosé, Pelee Island Winery, 750 mL, 13%, $12.75, Square Media Group Rating 70/100).

The 2013 Pinot Noir is dark ruby coloured. Classic Pinot Noir nose with a heavy cut to it. Full of black cherry, smoke, raspberry, dark chocolate, and beet juice.

Perhaps a bit acidic on the palate. I was expecting more of a softer, if not fruitier, taste. Mixed up in the acidy body lies trapped black cherry and jelly doughnut.

A brackish taste with a Berlin Wall finish. Bang. A good example of out of balance acidity. (Pelee Island Winery 2013 VQA Ontario, Pelee Island Winery, 750 mL, 12.5%, $12.75, Square Media Group rating 66/100).

This has been a very ugly Part 2. I truly hope Part 3 will be a rebound.

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About the Author

Robert Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he loves The Square. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."Email Robert Stephen
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