Thursday, November 24, 2011

Unconventional Wisdom by Elephant Island

Popular Naramata Bench fruit winery Elephant Island is getting in on the vitis vinifera act with two new table wines destined to be instantly popular due to their prophetic-like selection of two of the hottest grape varieties in BC, easy-going presentation and modern, playful packaging.

The "Told You So" white is their floral-nosed Viognier with 10% Sauvignon Blanc added for some extra green apple acidic bite. The "Naysayer" is their Cabernet Franc enhanced with 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon to help round out the fruity palate and add a little structure.

Both wines offer good typicity for the varieties with a focus on clean, crisp expressions of fruit without much in the way post-fermentation manipulation. The Cabernet Franc blend was aged in French oak for 15 months, but you won't find yourself describing it as "oaky".

The wines are available from the winery direct and will likely show-up in restaurants around BC due to their high degree of food friendliness. For more information visit the label's website at:

2010 Told You So - $22.50
With time to open up, the nose blossoms with notes of mandarin orange and honey - a nice preface for the ever-so-slightly sweetened and fruity palate that follows.
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2009 Naysayer - $24.50
Offers ripe red fruit characters on the pleasing nose and vibrant palate with just enough tannins and extraction for lovers of bold reds and for red meat pairings, without the hassle of waiting for the wine to mellow in the cellar.
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- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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