Throughout 2014, I will be featuring one wine each week from wineries I’ve toured and sharing what makes the winery unique and this wine worth trying. This week is my favourite white port to finish a dinner celebration.
The wine: Karlo Estates Van Alstine White
A fortified port style wine made from a blend of Frontenac Blanc and Traminette 17 % alc.
The winery: Karlo Estates Winery
A beautiful old barn winery dating back to the 1840’s near Wellington, Prince Edward County
The owner / winemaker: Richard Karlo
Richard Karlo began as an amateur winemaker achieving the rank of master winemaker before deciding to start his own winery. He is one of the Wine Judges of Canada and is known for experimental wines and winemaking techniques.
The awards and accolades
Gold at Intervin 2011 for fortified wine.
Described by the Cellar Sisters as “Heaven in a glass”
Michael Pinkus in the Ontario Wine Review “Another special wine from the mind of this madman [Richard Karlo]. Rating : ****+”
Konrad Ejbich on Ontario Morning CBC. “lovely all round wine. Good for an aperitif” Super mixed with Wiser’s Spice Whisky :1/3 whisky to 2/3 port to make a Manhattan style drink I call “The Wellington”
Why I chose this wine:
I love visiting Karlo Estates, the heritage barn is beautiful and the renovations spectacular. Karlo Estates give possibly the best wine touring experience in Prince Edward County and if you are lucky enough to have either Richard or his partner, Sherry Martin, conduct the tasting, it’s unforgettable.
Richard Karlo is a very eclectic winemaker who experiments with different styles of fermentation, maceration and oaking and he appeals to many different palates. Not all his wines appeal to my tastes but the ones I like – I really like. This white port always comes home with me when I visit.
The tasting notes say, “The nose is reminiscent of fresh apricots, lychee and hints of rose petal. On the palate mandarin orange and lemon pie interplay with a kiss of hazelnut.” That just about nails it.
Their promotional material says it mixes well with soda water as a spritz or in a cocktail with 3 parts Hinterland White Cap charnat sparkling. Personally, I love it either as a dessert wine with panna cotta and fruit or just sipped after dinner in place of a liqueur.It is perfect as a hostess gift but you really won’t want to give it away.
What’s your favourite Karlo Estates wine? Leave a comment below.