There are precious few Canadian wines on this site, perhaps a reflection of the fact that Canada represents a small fraction of global wine production. But the whites of Chateau des Charmes have tickled my fancy in the past, and there it was - a Canadian viognier! This I have to try - a perfect wine for today's WBW #46...
The 2006 Chateau des Charmes Viognier comes the winery's St. David's Bench vineyard. Pretty notes of lavender, honeyed apple, apricots, pear and lemon peel. I typically associate viognier with low acid and high alcohol but this was neither - crisp acid, notable minerality and a nice bitter apricot finish framed a flavourful and elegant Canadian white. Bravo!
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Price: C$22.55 (SAQ)