Maker: Pelee Island, Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Gapes: Gewurztraminer (50%), Riesling (50%)
Region: Ontario VQA, Canada
Appearance: Light gold. Thick, sticky robe.
Nose: Ripe peaches, tangerine, coriander, pineapple
On the palate: Medium-bodied & fairly dry. Lemon thyme, Meyer lemon, white pepper.
Finish: slightly citric & vegetal. fades fairly quickly.
Parting words: Umbrella Gewurztraminer-Riesling is a relative newcomer to the Pelee Island stable, but it’s a very good one. Both these grapes do very well in NE wine belt stretching from Michigan’s west coast through southern Ontario into upstate New York. The mix of grapes may bring Alsace to mind, but this wine is all North American on the palate and in the nose. Crisp peach and citrus notes make this a very refreshing drink when chilled, but one with enough interest to appeal to serious wine lovers, at least ones that aren’t put off by the very concept of Canadian wine. If they are, that’s more for you! Umbrella Gewurztraminer-Riesling is recommended.