Sunday 20th July (Continued)
After a bit natter to Jackie about life on the Isle (including the new community run Petrol Station at Port Ellen ) we headed back to Lyrabus to spend the night sitting in the porch enjoying the evening summer sunshine with a glass or two of Canadian wine…….
Norman Hardie 2011 Chardonnay Unfiltered
Nose – Very fruity on the nose , green fruits – apples , pears and gooseberries ,
Palate – thick on the palate , again green fruits with a touch of oak
Comment – Class in a glass ! a lovely white wine that goes down exceedingly well .
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Monday 21st July
Woke up to a bit of a misty morning weather wise but that wasn’t to last long , it turned out to be a bit of a scorcher ! So hot even the coos decided to go down to the beach !
The morning was spent getting in a few more supplies and catching up with people , first stop was The Islay House Square where we bumped into Mark Unsworth on our way to Islay Ales . It’s good to hear he’s having a good year doing lots of good photographic business . Then it was on to Islay Ales find Paul , Steve and the gang hard at work (yes even Steve…. LOL!) , a few bottles were picked up along with a couple of new glasses . Then it was off to Bowmore to pick up a few bits and pieces before returning to the cottage via the Bridgend Hotel (for a Coffee and Scone break ) .
In the Afternoon we decided to have a short walk along the road in the direction of Gruinart , it was absolutely beautiful , weather and scenery wise , we’re now looking a bit Ian Gray Lobsterish now !
In the beautiful Sunshine I also took another panoramic shot from the cottage , the heat also drove me to try a bottle or two of the Islay Ales (the Single Malt and Saligo )……
After a bite to eat it was down to the business of sitting in the sun porch while enjoying a glass or two of Canadian Wine while watching the world and the two ponies wander by…….
Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve 2011 Chardonnay
Nose – A lot of Grapefruit / Citric on the nose. Quite fresh and sweet.
Palate – Lots of green fruits ( apples , pears , gooseberries ) , thick across the palate but silky smooth .
Comment – Another delicious wine from Niagara that goes down rather well .