Tag Archives: Sawmill Creek

Weekly Wine – Sawmill rose

28 Dec

smcwzSawmill Creek White Zinfandel
Year: N/A
Canada and international
750ml
11.5% ABV
$9.95 (Alberta)

I’ve been harping about hybrid wines (Canadian wines bottled from a blend of Canadian and international wines) for a while. I have not really found one I liked.
On a trip to Alberta I sampled a bunch of Sawmill Creek wines and they were largely uninspired, unimaginative and in general not very good. Some ended up flushed down the drain as there was no point in further drinking of the wine.
This wine is a bit different. We’ll it’s still not very good and I would not buy it again. It is drinkable. It has a medium body and is rather sweet. But the sweetness is not to over the top – it is actually quite nice.
Unlike the other wines, there is a nice bouquet of flavours here. You can taste the peach, the berries, the melons.
It is not that bad of a wine if I think about it.
The best of a bad bunch that I bought in Alberta.

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Weekly Wine – Merlot Creek

21 Dec

smcmSawmill Creek Merlot
Year: N/A
Canada and international
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (Alberta)

This one has a cork. I’ve tried other Sawmill Creek wines previously and they were unremarkable and barely drinkable.
The others were screw caps, so does the cork on the bottle ad a bit of gravitas? Does it improve the experience? The taste?
No.
It is another unremarkable wine. This medium bodied wine is a bit spicy and a bit sour. I cannot make out any of the flavours – it was wine wined flavoured wine. The spice and sourness probably comes from the sulphites in this mix and not from any of the fermented grapes that were blended to produce this wine. These wines could be from anywhere.
I should stop drinking these hybrid wines, but I’m forever an optimist hoping against hope that a good one will be found. This will be a difficult task, as the wines blended to make these hybrid swills are not of the highest quality.
As for this wine, I’m contemplating whether to nurse this bottle to the final conclusion, and the inevitable headache one gets from bad wines, or pour it into the loo.

Weekly Wine – Sawmill Sauvignon

7 Dec

smccsSawmill Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: N/A
Canada
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.99 (Edmonton bottle shop)

I have written about the state of wine prices in Alberta previously.
I bought more than one bottle though. This was the second that I opened. This is also a hybrid wine made from grapes from wherever. Actually it is a blend of wine from wherever. It could be “Make your own Wine Store” wine. Probably not, but I am very sceptical of hybrid wine.
This scepticism is not without merit.
I tried this wine on the tail of trying the Sawmill Creek Shiraz and I could not really appreciate the difference. There was a slight taste difference. The body was very similar. The feeling that you want more from a wine was the same as in the Shiraz.
But that is not the most unfortunate part.
While this wine doesn’t make you retch it does make you grimace.
It is blasé generic wine that is barely drinkable.
I’d move on.

Weekly Wine – Sawmill Shiraz

16 Nov

1116smcshiSawmill Creek Shiraz
Year: N/A
Canada
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.99 (Edmonton bottle shop)

This just made it under the wire for a ten buck wine. With taxes it was about 50 cents more. But who’s counting. I bought this in Edmonton and it was one of the few wines under a sawbuck. Wine in Alberta is more expensive than in Ontario. Go figure.
This wine is one of those hybrid blends that mixes domestic and imported wines. So you don’t really know if it is really wine from BC. It could be Ontario wine mixed with Argentinean wine. It can have Australian, South African or even European wine. Who knows?
The art here, with these hybrids, is in the blend. What comes out of this melange.
This blend is rather bland. It is not that bad because it does not display any bad characteristics. It has a medium body and a bit of flavour. Cherries? Perhaps. Grapes? Yeah, they are there.
The wine is quite uninspiring. It’s a wine you take to a picnic so as not to offend anybody who does not like flavour. It is passable in the terms that I would pass on it and buy something much better for the same price, or even less, in Ontario.