If I Could Buy Only One – April 17th VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”

David Lawrason – Barrel aged sauvignon blanc/semillon blends – aka premium white Bordeaux whites – top my list of favourite richer white styles. If that is not obvious in the course of my reviews and recommendations it is partially because we see so few excellent examples coming through the LCBO. Hidden Bench and a handful of other Niagara producers are proving this genre can be produced in Ontario very well. There are not more of them because perhaps growers are shy of this grape’s weaker winter resistance. There are few older vine sites, like the Rosomel Vineyard, which has both sauvignon and semillon, among other varieties. It was planted over 40 years ago and converted to organic viticulture in 2010. The 2019 vintage of Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc is a classic – not heavily wooded with a lovely nose of juniper, caper, lime blossom, guava and fresh fig. Exotic, different and compelling. It is medium-full bodied, fleshy yet just firm enough, complex and showing excellent length. Should age well through 2030. And by the way, fans of Hidden Bench in western Toronto can now find a modest range at a new bottle shop teamed up with Bello Pizza and Hot Black Coffee at 2196 Bloor West, just east of Runnymede.

($29.95, Mark Anthony Wines & Spirits, Winery direct)

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