This week’s best wine under $20 (and not available in the LCBO) comes from NOMAD at Hinterbrook in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Boasting the hippest tasting room in Niagara (think minimalist art gallery in Toronto’s Distillery District), Hinterbrook has both style and substance.
The only issue for me is deciding which excellent value wine to choose. Sauv Blanc? Riesling? Cab Franc? ….Rosé!
NOMAD at Hinterbrook’s 2016 Venus Rosé ($15.95) is hands down the best Rosé I’ve tried in Niagara under twenty FIVE bucks. The Venus Rosé is made from 100 percent Cabernet Franc and minimal skin contact has left it with a beautifully pale pink colour. It has notes of fresh watermelon, strawberry and rose petal. I’m told that due to the hot dry summer of 2016, the vines were left leafy to shade the fruit in order to keep the acidity.
Given summer is well and truly in the rearview mirror, it doesn’t make sense to suggest enjoying it while lounging on a Muskoka chair on the patio. However, NOMAD at Hinterbrook’s Venus Rosé would go equally well as a dinner party aperitif or paired with warm olive tapas, a crab cake appetizer, or quiche at your Sunday brunch.
For Rosé lovers, be sure to snap up a bottle (or two) of Venus’ sibling rosé Mars ($13.95).
- 12.5% Alcohol
- Residual Sugar 16g/L
- Total Acidity 6.5g/L
- pH 3.3
- Harvest Brix 21.9