by Zoltan Szabo
2010 Muscat, By Chadsey’s Cairns, Prince Edward County, Ontario (not available at the LCBO)
By Chadsey’s Cairns (one of Prince Edward County’s most picturesque wineries near Lake Ontario) has one acre of land planted with this aromatic grape and produces a mere of 45 cases of this wine. Grapes were double picked at 17 and 23 brix respectively. Aromas of tropical fruits, spice, white blossoms and limestone. Light, fresh and phenolicly well managed. Great length here with slightly tart, green tropical fruit notes. A perfect spring sipper, try with a bowl of fresh fruit, mint and crème fraiche, or light white fish steamed with lemongrass and ginger. I also like Chadsey’s 2010 Riesling picked with a bit of botrytis, honeyed fruits aromas with very good intensity and mineral – spice – mint finish; the Chenin Blanc ’10 with great varietal character and county limestone nuances. These wines cost just above $20 for restaurants and are available from the winery – see bychadseyscairns.com.