A Little Surprise From Sperling Vineyards
I just recently returned from the Campania area in Italy where I was literally bombarded with both excellent white and red wines not to mention some incredible food.
So my neighbour informs me when I was out of town a courier delivered a carton of wine on my front step in the pouring rain. Luckily it was rescued. So my Italian dreams are fading and I now face some Sperling wines from British Columbia.
We start off with a Sperling Market Red 2017 which is organic and a BC VQA Okanagan Valley.
It has a ruby colour. On the nose black cherry and smoke. Very lean and clean. Unlike the Italian reds I have been inundated with in the last three weeks the palate is light and very clean. I am getting more Ontario red than British Columbia red in this wine. It seems akin to a Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a Gamay from “Yours to Discover”.
Unfortunately, the label contains no disclosure of the “several varieties” of old vines. However a little handout I received indicates it is a blend of Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir.
It seems I have landed back in Canada with a light touched red wine and so light considering it is from British Columbia. I would think that it would pair well with wild Sockeye salmon from that wonderful province.
It does have a pure and clean aura about itself.
The next wine is a Sperling 2017 Organic Market White. The label is silent as the components of the blend but my little hand out card indicates a blend of Bcchus, Pinot Blanc and Riesling. It is golden coloured. On the nose some apple, pear, honey and melon. On the palate some golden Delicious apple, musk melon, pear and a bit of white peach. It has a short finish. The acids are well restrained so a good sipping wine although with a dandelion and spinach soup topped with toasted pumpkin seeds a good match!
Moving on to a Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 from the Okanagan Valley. Okanagan Pinot Noir can be exceptional. This rosé is a medium coloured pinkie. It is exceptionally clean on the nose with a hint of that Pinot Noir grape. On the palate I like its traction and it makes its presence known. It has strawberry and cranberry notes. A bit of white pepper on the finish. A moderately long finish. A well educated and stylistic Rosè.
(Organic Estate Bottled 2018 Pinot Noir, VQA Okanagan Valley, Sperling Vineyards, Kelowna, British Columbia, Sold Out, Set The Bar Rating 88/100).
We move on to a Organic Estate bottled Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from 35 year old vines. It has a light gold colour. It has a nose of grapefruiot, guava, pineapple, honey and mango. On the palate a suprisngly long finish. Its acids are well managed.Apple, pear and cubanelle peppers on the palate. Like all of the Sperling wines tried I would say it is good, clean and simple. Grilled chicken or rabbit in a tarragon, yogurt and Dijon mustard sauve would be a good match.
(Organic Estate Bottled 2017 Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc, B.C. VQA Okanagan Valley, Sperling Vineyards, Kelowna, British Columbia Set The Bar Rating 88/100).
This one is a bit of a weird one. A 2017 Amber Pinot Gris. Nothing has been added and nothing taken way. It is a murky orange colour. There is sediment lurking at the bottom. It is 40% whole cluster, 40% whole berry and 20% pressed Pinot Gris. It has a nose of marmalade, tangerine, tomatoe,honey and muscat.On the palate is is almost neutral. Tad perhaps of marmalade. Absolutely unremarkable. A wine made with possibly the best intentions and perhaps an experimental foray?
We finish off with yet another out of the ordinary “Speritz” which made from Perle of Csabas. It is Vegan friendly, has been fermented in the bottle with low alcohol and no added sulphites. Wild fermented with sediment. It is a murky little fellow. It has a murky yellow colour. It smells of buddlegum, banana, pear nectar, pumpkin, nutmeg and ginger. On the palate a mild spritz like a Moscato.The acids are gentle as are the flavours of apple, peach, cantaloupe and guava.
It has an alcohol volume of 8.3%. It is definitely a creative and I will readily admit a fun wine. It is an interesting sipper and would go with many a vegetarian or mildly spiced white meats. I am not going to say this is a superb wine but it fits a few niches well and is bound to be a conversation piece and much appreciated by many out there that appreciate a low alcohol wine.
(Speritz Pet Nat, White Wine ,Sperling Vineyards, Kelowna, British Columbia, $30 ,Set The Bar Rating 86/100).