Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Fizz

LCBO#: 645960
Price: $29.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Kim Crawford Wines
Year: 2013

After having Kim Crawford a few times before, and really liking their products, thought this would be the same. Unfortunately, it was not. This sparkling had too much yeast in it. In the nose, in the taste. The rest is fine. Mild apple scent. Flavours are a little more on the sourness side of things. Still, apples and the yeast lingers. Because of this, some tartiness. Much preferred the other Fizz wine we tried from Kim Crawford. And this one was part of the Vintages. Disappointing for the price.

Rating: 3.6/5

Domaine de Vaugondy Vouvray

imageLCBO#: 154567
Price: $17.95
Made in: Loire, France
By: Perdriaux

This French Sparkling is 100% Chenin blanc grapes. Lots of yeast and apples in the nose at first. Then, some orange notes appear. We do not see the anise listed in the description, but maybe it comes out as it warms up. Pretty much the same for the taste with the yeast better balanced. Nicely sweet, sour and dry mouthfeel, and not syrupy. Gets better with time, but much better out there with less yeast.

Rating: 3.4/5

KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut

imageLCBO#: 296426
Price: $16.95
Made in: Paarl, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2010

Reviewed this one last year, but this is the 2010 edition and seems to be better rated. Also, we are KWB fans, so why not ? Looks like the oranges are better blended this year with the yeast that gives out hints of vanilla and some dry grapes sweetness. A little sourness in the flavours with the grapes, a dry middle and some light yeast lingering adding some nuttiness. We would have to say that this is better balanced than last year’s version. Good for the price !

Rating: 3.7/5

Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut

20140209-161723.jpgLCBO#: 130047
Price: $22.95
Made in: Tulbagh, South Africa
By: House of Krone

This South African bubbly Rosé has a creamy head. You can smell the strawberries and when you approach it, the yeast. Eventually, hints of cherry come out. The sourness in the taste helps this. Berries and yeast balance everything. Overall, nothing offensive but a little mild and a little too sour, over the berry flavours. If you like the sourness, you will love this one.

Rating: 3.3/5