The young and the eager

On October 23rd, GrapeSelections was invited to a structured tasting of Rosewood wines matched with food pairings prepared by chef-trainees at the Chef’s House.

Rosewood Estates, a young winery and meadery established at the beginning of this century, has already made its name locally and globally by producing award-winning wines and meads. The Chef’s house, a restaurant operated by George Brown College, trains young George Brown chef-trainees and School of Hospitality and Tourism Management students to excel in their culinary talents. GrapeSelections, which just celebrated three months since conception, has already managed to secure a position in the wine-reviewer/wine-writer world; it was only fitting that all three parties, excited and eager to excel in our respective realms, got together in what in-my-opinion ended up being

‘the perfect mix’

 

 

Getting there relatively early allowed me to strategically choose a table close to the organizers and to gain a vantage point over the event.  The table being large enough for four, yet set for two, let me spread around review sheets, camera and other accessories needed to document this event. Right away, I got myself comfortable and immersed myself into assessing the white wine aromas while recording the observations.  I must have been pretty focused, because when hearing “hi Dan” Monica Janek and Jason Solanki were standing right next to me, though I should have been able to see them coming.  I was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t know any other guests on a personal level and expected to sit alone.  I asked them to join and we enjoyed the event together.

 

 

As structured tastings usually proceed, we were seated to a table with pre-poured wines, while the organizer, Krystina Roman (daughter of the Vineyard owners) introduced herself and the winery.  Krystina is second generation Canadian, born into a bee-keeping family, which was started by her grandfather shortly after arriving from Ukraine. Her grandfather wanted to produce Meads (fermented honey also known as Honey Wine) as is commonly done throughout Europe, but was prohibited from doing so by the Ontario government.  Krystina’s father Eugene finally succeeded in getting the permission to make meads as well as in the year 2000 purchased 40 acre land in the Beamsville Bench area on which he planted vines and in 2006 harvested and produced their first vintage. Rosewood Estates now produces wines and meads making it 1 out of 2 Meaderies in Ontario and 1 out of 17 in Canada.

 

 

Natalie Spytkowsky, the Winemaker and Meadmaker, then took us through the wines, while the Chef’s House staff brought appetizers specifically made to complement the specific wines or meads, simply to create the perfect pairing.
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AMUSE
2011 Harvest Gold
Chicken Tikka with Mango Chutney
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TASTING PLATE #1: THE WHITES
2011 Semillon, 2011 Mima’s Block Riesling, 2010 Süssreserve Riesling
White Fish Ceviche
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TASTING PLATE #2: PINOT
2009 Pinot Noir Reserve, 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve
Crispy Fried Mushroom Arancini
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TASTING PLATE #3: BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL
2010 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Merlot, 2010 Merlot Reserve
Braised Lamb Shank Tortellini
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TROU NORMAND
HONEY HARVEST MOON MEAD COCKTAIL
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TASTING PLATE #4: MEAD
2008 Mead Royale Thunder Oak Aged Gouda

 

 

Throughout the event, Krystina and Natalie were going back and forth enlightening us with the Estate’s history as well as sharing interesting facts from the winemaker’s point of view.

 

“Everyone at the winery has a bee name, Mother is the ‘Queen-bee’, Natalie is the ‘buzzing-bee’ and my brother is the ‘working-bee’.” –  Krystina Roman

 

 

Now onto the pairings
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Chicken Tikka with Mango Chutney

 

The 2011 Rosewood Estates Harvest Gold is a medium to full-bodied Mead with appealing aromas of honey, bacon/smoked ham and a light citrus. Though sweet, it retains a nice acidity. Tasted Oct/12.

 

 

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White Fish Ceviche with THE WHITES

 

The 2011 Rosewood Estates Semillon is a light to medium bodied wine with lively aromas of citrus and green apple, fine mint and faint mineral notes. It is dry with nice acidity and has a medium finish. It is a food friendly wine that will reward for the next few years. My impression: NICE, 88 pts – considering that it received two medals, it is reasonably priced at $18. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Two Bronze Medals at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards and the 2012 Intervin Wine Awards.
Score 88 pts. $18.00 Availability – coming to LCBO June 2013.

 

2011 Mima's Block RieslingThe 2011 Rosewood Estates Mima’s Block Riesling is medium bodied, with light-fruity aromas of green/yellow apple, citrus and pronounced washed-stone mineral notes. It is off-dry, on the acidic side and with medium finish. It is very food friendly and will reward for the next 2-4 years. My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Bronze Medal at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards.
Score 88-89 pts. $18.00 Available at the winery.

 

The 2010 Rosewood Estates Süssreserve Riesling is a medium to full bodied wine, with intense aromas of honeydew melon, green apple, dried hay. It has a nice acidity, stone minerality and a clean, sweeter finish of long length. Drink this wine with food or sip it for the next 2-4 years. My impression: NICE-BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – a recommended buy, especially for $15. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2012 Intervin Wine Awards and a Silver Medal at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards.
Score 90 pts. $15.00 Availability – coming to LCBO in March 2013.

 

 

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Crispy Fried Mushroom Arancini with THE PINOTS

 

2009 Pinot Noir ReserveThe 2009 Rosewood Estates Pinot Noir Reserve, aged in seasoned French Oak barrels for 10 months, is a medium bodied, integrated wine, with bold aromas of raspberry, pomegranate, dark chocolate, oak, clove and smoked meat notes. It has refined tannins (decant for 30+ min) and a medium finish. Enjoy this wine by itself; drink now or for the next 5+ years. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – recommended buy though at $40. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2011 Canadian Wine Awards, Silver Medal at the 2012 Intervin Wine Awards and Bronze Medal at the 2012 Ontario Wine Awards.
Score 91 pts. $40.00 Availability – coming to LCBO in February 2013.

 

The 2010 Rosewood Estates Pinot Noir Reserve, aged in seasoned French Oak barrels for 10 months, is medium bodied, with fruity to integrated notes of raspberry, cherry, oak, some floral/rose notes as well as some meaty/band-aid notes. The wine has refined tannins (decant for 30 min), lively acidity (on the acidic side) and a medium, mineral finish. This wine is food friendly and can be enjoyed now and for the next 5-10 years. My impression: NICE, 89 pts. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Bronze Medal at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards.
Score 89 pts. $40.00 Availability – early spring at the winery.

 

 

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Braised Lamb Shank Tortellini with THE BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

 

The 2010 Rosewood Estates Cabernet Franc, aged in French Oak for 11 months, is a medium bodied, fruity to integrated wine, with appealing notes of strawberry, raspberry, dark chocolate, black pepper and oak. Tannins are refined (decant for 15 min) and the finish is medium to long. This is a food friendly wine that can be drunk now or enjoyed over the next 5-10 years. My impression: NICE, 89 pts. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards.
Score 89 pts. $22.00 Available at the winery.

 

The 2010 Rosewood Estates Merlot, aged in French Oak for 13 months, is a medium bodied, fruity wine, with intense aromas of raspberry jam, prune, oak, coconut and vanilla. It has refined tannins (decant for 15-30 min) and a long, sweet-vanillin finish. This wine can be enjoyed as a standalone sipper and will compliment food as well; drink now or cellar for 5+ years. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – well priced for $22.00 and hence a recommended buy. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, Silver Medal at the 2012 Ontario Wine Awards and Bronze Medal at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards.
Score 90 pts. $22.00 Availability – coming to LCBO in February 2013.

 

The 2010 Rosewood Estates Merlot Reserve, aged in French Oak for 15 months, is a medium bodied, fruity to integrated wine with intense aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Though on the acidic side, it has a nice structure with refined tannins (decant for 30+ min) and a long, back-front finish. Though food friendly, sip this one alone; drink now or age for the next 10 years. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91-92 pts. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Silver Medal at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards.
Score 91-92 pts. $36.00 Availability – early 2013 spring at the winery.

 

 

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TROU NORMAND

 

 

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Thunder Oak Aged Gouda with THE 2008 MEAD ROYALE

 

The 2008 Rosewood Estates Mead Royale, aged for 6 months in French Oak, is medium bodied with intense notes of honey and pineapple. It has a nice acidity, is not too sweet and has a clean finish of medium length. It is food friendly as well as a sipper and can be served as an aperitif or a desert drink. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90+ pts – though not wine, highly recommended aperitif/desert drink. Tasted Oct/12.
Awards: Bronze Medals at the 2012 Canadian Wine Awards and at the 2012 Intervin Wine Awards.
Score 90+ pts. $14.95/500ml. LCBO #296178 & Availability

 

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To Krystina, Natalie and all the talented students at the Chef’s House: “for an enjoyable early Tuesday afternoon – “THANK YOU”.

 

 

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