-Southbrook Connect Organic White 2013 VQA Ontario, $14.95 +249078: this year's blend is vidal and riesling. The wine is a basic light and fruity white blend, drink just after you buy. It is all stainless steel to preserve freshness, and shows off tons of orchard fruits. A first course wine, a party wine, or just a sipper for the patio-deck. Twist top, 9.9% ABV, great for thirst quenching in summer. Vegan-friendly, which means no animal products were used in filtering or fining. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
-Southbrook Connect Organic Red 2013 VQA Ontario, $15.95 +249565: the red companion to the white above, good for party-patio-deck-pool-first course, or just plain sipping. Here the blend is cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, gamay, zweitgelt, merlot, and some sauvignon blanc too. There is a lot going on, perhaps too complex in tone for what it purports to be. Raspberry and leaf tones dominate in this wine done up in both stainless steel and oak. Twist top, 12.%% ABV, vegan-friendly. Quality/Price rating is 88 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
-Southbrook Whimsy! The Anniversary VQA Niagara, $34.95 at winery: an unusual wine, all chardonnay from 2001/2 harvests, barrel aged for six years, fortified to 15.9% ABV, and bottled in 2011 (now three years in bottle). Its own anniversary has lasted longer than many marriages...Vaguely reminiscent of a mild, dry Sercial Madeira, with its raisined fruit and oxidative style. Decompositional pear tones, woodsy compost earthiness. Worth a try, but it is assertive: cheese!! Quality/Price rating is 88 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
-Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rose Organic 2013 VQA Niagara, +279117, $19.95: one of the nifty Ontario roses to hit the market. This latest vintage is food friendly, exhibiting strawbs and herbs. For deck or patio, although it is dry and works better with a first course. Twist top, 12% ABV, vegan-friendly. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
-Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay Organic 2012 VQA NOTL, +172338 Vintages, $22.95: another triumph! Half barrel fermented, half stainless, all barrel aged after selection. I rated this over 90 points at Somewhereness, and nothing changed my mind when I tasted it at home in a relaxed frame of mind. Soft and engaging, toasty and tasty, long length. Twist top, 12.5% ABV, vegan friendly. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
-Southbrook Triomphe Sauvignon Blanc Organic 2013 VQA Niagara, $19.95? at winery:
At 11.5% ABV, it seemed a little light. This is the first savvy from Southbrook that I have encountered since their 2008 (still available from the winery). Soft fruit on nose, but lots of lemon and citrus tones, plus herbs on mid-palate. Great to accompany salads, but a bit fruit shy. Best with food, not as a sipper. Twist top. Quality/Price rating is 88 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
-Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc Organic & Biodynamic 2012 VQA NOTL, $21.95 at winery: Demeter certified, but not vegan-friendly? 12.9% ABV, partial oak and steel aging, showing black fruit and garrigue herbs. It's got some Merlot added, 12%. Best with food such as roasts or heavy pastas. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.