Top Canadian White Single Varietals
The best white single varietals at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards
(43 entries, 25 medals)
Many interesting white grape varietals are grown across Canada, but for competition and reporting purposes, they didn’t have enough entries for us to draw definitive conclusions. Some were judged in their own flights, like vidal and Nova Scotia’s l’acadie blanc, but others, like the terrific Gray Monk Ehrenfelser from B.C., were tasted in “aromatic” or “other dry” flights. This was the big category for Atlantic whites, with nine medals, including one each for PEI and New Brunswick. They were impressive, with brightness and freshness in the best examples, and we enjoyed those with a hint of sweetness balancing their acidity.
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This wine captures the essence of ehrenfelser, with pronounced intensity and very fruity aromas of melon, tropical fruit and honey. The palate is off-dry and balanced, with crisp acidity and intense fruit cocktail flavours that last on the long finish. Try it with honey and lime-marinated grilled prawns. This wine won a gold medal at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards.