Friday, February 24, 2012

This Weekend's Wine Tastings at Marquis Wines

Marquis Wines in Vancouver on Davie near Howe are known for their selection of fine wines and their weekend wine tastings.  Here are their selections for today (Feb. 24th) and tomorrow (Feb. 25th). I have not tasted any of these so its up to you to decide if they live up to the hype below. They probably do!

The following is from the weekly email I receive from Marquis.

This week we go around the world for our Wines Of the Weekend. We start off in Australia with Tyrrells 'Lost Block' Semillon, and from there go then to Greece for a unique and very flavourful red wine.  Our higher end offering this week is from South Africa, with the smooth, classy and elegant Shannon Wines Pinot Noir. The Elgin Valley where this is from is fast becoming a burgeoning area for classic cool climate Pinot. We'll have these wines open at 2PM tomorrow Friday Feb. 24th) so feel free to swing by the store and give them a taste.

And don't forget to join us on Saturday, Feburary 25th from 4-6pm to sample Bioganicable™ (Bio-Dynamic, Organic and sustainable) wines from Chile. We will be pouring 10+ wines to wet your palate. This event will be hosted by our very own Ryan Hooper, South American wine buyer for the store.

2008 Tyrrell's Lost Block Semillon 

"The 2008 Lost Block Semillon has a moderate intensity of lemony fruit and a touch of quince and mange-tout on the nose. Crisp, rasping acidity is balanced by a notable touch of sweetness (6 g/l RS). Clean, medium bodied giving a long finish. Drink now to 2015. 85 points"
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate #188

 It's Tyrrell TimeAustralia is renowned for showing the Semillon grape to its full advantage by making voluptuous, nutty, honeyed semillons that develop desirable varietal characteristics with bottle age. Tyrrell's Wines make classic Hunter Valley style Semillons which are initially restrained, yet with bottle age become fuller, richer and intriguingly complex developing rich, toasty, honey and fig characters whilst still retaining freshness.

Regular prices: $17.99   
W.O.W Prices: $13.90 

2010 Tetramythos Agiorgitiko Time to go Greek!

The winery is located at the stunning landscapes of Aegiala in the Peloponnese. The 14 ha vineyards are situated on the slopes of Mount Helmos, at an altitude of 450 - 1050 m, making this one of the highest vineyards in Greece. All wines are organically produced and grapes are picked by hand only. The best examples of Agiorgitiko come from the Peloponnesian region of Nemea located on the eastern coast of Greece. Though lighter in style, when grown at high elevations it can produce serious reds of both quality and ageability, exhibiting aromas and flavors of red and black currants and exotic spices. 
"This is certainly a perfect example of region, vineyard and grape variety.  Impassively dark in colour, this wine radiates notes of dark currant, forest floor and spice.  The palate is smooth and rich with soft tannins and acidity. A highly agreeable wine; you can drink this on its own or of course, pair it up with Greek food."- John Clerides, owner of Marquis Wine Cellars    
Regular price: $17.90  
W.O.W Price: $14.90

2009 Shannon 'Rockview Ridge' Pinot Noir  
 Shannon Pinot. Time to give it a try.
"In our quest to achieve a truly great Elgin Valley Pinot Noir we are not influenced or side tracked by other international Pinot Noir producing areas. It is to be true to our own parcel of land with its ancient soils and cool climate; to be proud to create an Elgin Valley Pinot Noir as we believe that the Elgin Valley and the Palmiet River represents the best growing conditions for Pinot Noir in South Africa." - From the winery

"James, the viticulturalist, is fanatically passionate about his vineyards and knows them intimately. The use of 45% of Pinot Noir clones Dijon 667 and 777 delivers an expression of darker berried fruits. This winery is dialled in to each vineyard blocks contributions to the sum. These range in aromas from vibrant cherry, raspberry, black currants, to licorice and cinnamon. Nuances of cranberry, smoke and mushrooms on the palate. Supple tannins, vibrant, elegant and refined. This shows what great South African Pinot Noir can aspire to. Pair with duck or pork tenderloin medallions."
- Kevin McKinnon, Marquis Wine Cellars
Regular price: $35.90  
W.O.W Price: $29.90

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