Regular readers of my blog might remember that we discovered a fantastic new winery, quite by accident, on our trip up here in April. If you don't remember, the notes are here.
We returned here to taste some new stuff that we didn't get to sample the first time. This time, seated outside on a brand new, beautiful patio.
Little Engine 2016 Silver Sauvignon Blanc ($30.00)
Intriguing aromas of fresh cut grass, coconut and pineapple. Citrus fruit dominates the almost-chalky palate, which features bright acidity and a long finish. Very nice already and some more time in the bottle will even improve. 89.
Little Engine 2015 Platinum Chardonnay ($75.00)
Citrus notes dominate the nose but some butterscotch lurks in the background, you need to give it time to get there. Flavors of lemon, pear, baking spice and creme brulee. Acidity is high and this one, although drinking nicely now, is going to get so much better in a few years. 91-94.
Little Engine 2016 Caboose Rosé ($22.00)
Cranberry, strawberry and rhubarb on the nose and they follow through to the palate. Just a tinge of spice shows up on the finish. 88.
Little Engine 2015 Platinum Merlot ($75.00)
Intoxicating nose of raspberry jam, vanilla, toasted oak, mocha and licorice. Red berries, dark chocolate and a touch of tobacco on the palate. Although this will certainly improve with age, it's already so delicious now. 93.
Little Engine French Family Cabernet ($45.00 - not yet released, wine club only)
Blackberry, eucalyptus, mocha and blueberry on the nose. Black fruit and mocha dominate the superb palate, which finishes long and impressively. A real treat. 93.
That was it for today, I believe we've tasted just about their entire portfolio over the course of our two visits, and there wasn't a bad wine in the bunch - and most of them were simply outstanding. What a terrific new winery, one to definitely watch.
Next up: We start our day in Lake Country at with a tasting and lunch at Gray Monk!