New Asian owners have hired local winemaker, Gordon Robert to put new life back into Marynissen Winery. For those of you too young to know, this was one of Niagaraâ€™s pioneer wineries, and John Marynissen was the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in in these parts. At a time when all the experts said â€œdonâ€™t do it.â€ But there was no stopping a stubborn Dutchman.
I dropped in to taste a few of Gordonâ€™s creations and left with no fewer than six purchases. Most very reasonably priced.
SAUVIGNON BLANC 13Â $17.00
. . . intense Savvy flavours, wild thing for sure. Not for the timid.
PINOT GRIS 13Â $17.00
. . . feels almost rich, but also refreshing. Stylish and good with anything.
CABERNET FRANC 13Â $18.00
. . . very French Bistro. Bring on food, and a 2nd bottle.
CHARDONNAY 13 â€˜Platinum Seriesâ€™Â $20
. . . solid, earthy, Burgundian-style. Great value.
SYRAH 13 â€˜Platinum Seriesâ€™Â $25
. . . earthy, peppery Rhone-style. Manly wine for grilled red meats.
CHARDONNAY 13 â€˜Yeast Strain Seriesâ€™ (set of 3 wines made with different yeast strains) $100.00
. . . the differences are amazing. Would be an exciting gift for a wine lover, or to pour at a special dinner. I recommend two years of ageing.