Southern flavors

Austral flavors

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If you have ever looked at a terrestrial globe, you must have noticed that the axis of rotation of the Earth is not straight, but tilted. It is from this inclination that our four seasons are born: at the June solstice, the northern part of our planet approaches the Sun and moves away from it at the December solstice. In the southern half of our planet, it is the opposite. Winter begins in June; summer, in December.

In the southern hemisphere, the vine growing season therefore spans two calendar years, between October and April, depending on the sector, and the harvest begins on average six months earlier than in the northern hemisphere. This head start allows some producers in the southern hemisphere to bottle the wines of the vintage even before the grapes in the northern hemisphere are ripe. You will see, the first wines of the 2022 vintage will arrive at the SAQ shortly and they will certainly come from a southern country.

In the meantime, here are five to quench your thirst for exoticism. Cheers! 

Miguel Torres, Las Mulas 2021, Valle Centrale

★★★ | $1⁄2 | $14.95 | Chile 13% | 2.5 g/L – Organic

SAQ code: 14396801 

The Torres family is a monument of Spanish vineyards, but they also developed a vast property in Chile in 1979. Their rosé is made from pinot noir and monastrell (mourvèdre), grown at the foot of the Andes, in the valleys of Curicó and Maule. An accessible wine with a delicately perfumed nose; dry, refreshing and offering just enough body in the mouth. At less than $15, you'll find what you need. 

Santa Julia, Malbec 2021, El Burro

★★★ | $$ | $21.40 | Argentina 13.5% | 1.9 g/L – Organic

SAQ code: 14764925 

The color is purple, with some turbidity. Exuberant nose, floral and fruity, with fermentation notes (green banana) reminiscent of a Beaujolais Nouveau. The mouth also shines with its youth: supple, round and full of fruit, with a rather satisfying flesh and a floral finish. A good Malbec in juicy and crisp mode. 

JC Wickens, Cinsault 2021, The Drifter, Swartland

★★★1⁄2 | $1⁄2 | $17.50 | South Africa 13% | 1.6 g/L 

SAQ code: 13057997 

A drought-resistant variety, Cinsault seems tailor-made for the arid climate of Swartland, in the western part of the Cape. Jasper Wickens, who also works alongside Adi Badenhorst, produces a supple, fruity wine so seductive that you can drink it without thirst, especially if served chilled, around 15°C. The mouth is greedy, bursting with flavors of raspberry, on a background of smoke and dried herbs. Much more complete than the average red in this price range. 

Seresin Estate, Pinot noir 2020, Momo, Marlborough

★★★ | $$ | $24.55 | New Zealand 13.5% | 1.4 g/L – Organic

SAQ code: 11584638 

Momo is the entry level of this domain owned by New Zealand filmmaker Michael Seresin. The Pinot Noir vines are grown organically on the clay soils of the Wairau Valley; the wine ferments without adding yeast. Without revolutionizing anything, the 2020 offers the fruity roundness, the velvety grain and the flavors of cherries expected in a good Pinot Noir. Serve it chilled, with Portuguese grilled chicken.

Mac Forbes, Riesling 2020, Spring, Strathbogie Ranges

★★★★ | $$1⁄2 | $26.45 | Australia 12.5% ​​| 41 g/L

SAQ code: 13940309 

Mac Forbes played a leading role in the revival of Yarra, a wine-growing region northeast of Melbourne where vines were planted as early as 1838. The Riesling he grows in the decomposed granite soils of the Strathbogie Ranges appellation make for a purely delicious off-dry wine. The presence of sugar in no way affects the balance in the mouth, but rather becomes one with the richness of the flavors, while a healthy acidity gives tone and nerve to the whole. Are you planning to eat fish tacos this weekend? You will have a perfect match there.

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