Southbrook Vineyards 2011 Triomphe Rosé
This is delicious! But before I go on to describe it bear in mind that winemaker, Ann Sperling, almost single-handedly gave Niagara rosé street cred when she came out with Malivoire's Ladybug rosé in the late '90s. That was a gamay/pinot-based wine, whereas now she says that cabernet franc (as used in Loire rosé) is her favourite rosé grape. This is spot on with bright, orange-salmon colour. The nose exudes pure redcurrant, tomato, leafy and rosemary notes. It is light- to mid-weight, a touch sweet, supple yet very fresh. It is slightly bitter on the finish, with very good to excellent length. It will drink at its best over the next two years and don't over chill and rob it of its nuances.
- Ontario: $20
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David Lawrason is the founder of Wine Access, a former wine columnist for the Globe and Mail and currently writing for Toronto Life and Ottawa magazine. He reviews wines for Wine Access, Winealign.com and Winerytohome.com.