Foreign Affair Winemaker Barclay Robinson

Our Winemaker Barclay Robinson hosted Mr.VanSickle in early February 2019 to show him what the 2016 vintage wines (some as yet to be released) are tasting like.

Read below for some of Rick’s observations, to read the full article, click here.

“The stable of reds from Robinson’s 2016 vintage at Foreign Affair is the best yet for this pioneering appassimento Niagara winery founded by Len Crispino and his wife Marisa and now owned by Corby Spirit and Wine Limited.

I tasted through current wines from mostly the 2016 vintage and can tell you that these are wines to seek out and find room in your cellar to savour for years to come.”


91 Points - Chardonnay 2017

“It’s bold and sassy on the nose with poached pear, baked apple, ripe tropical fruits and integrated spice notes. It’s a hedonistic and full-on Chard on the palate with weight and power that highlights broad flavours of pear, pineapple, tropical fruits, vanilla toast and spice that all lingers on the finish. Pair with lobster smothered in butter or seared scallops for maximum impact.”


90 Points - The Conspiracy 2016

This punches way out of its weight class (talking about price here) and one wonders how Foreign Affair can produce a ripasso-style wine this good at this price… It shows a ripe and rich nose of blackberries, dark cherries, spice and jammy currants. It’s full-bodied and ripe on the palate with anise, cherry, currants, Espresso bean, lavish spice notes and evident tannins…”


91 Points - Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“…It’s a wonderful wine on the palate with ripe dark and red fruits, ample chewy tannins, enticing spice notes and a long finish.”


92 Points - Dream 2016
“…Such a beautiful and inviting nose of red plums, black cherries, concentrated black currants, swirling barrel oak spice, toasted vanilla bean and subtle leather and earth accents. It’s a fruity mouthful highlighted by thick dark fruits, campfire smoke, layers of spice in a highly structured and complex style that all leads to a long, long finish delivered on a bed of polished tannins. Cellar 10+ years.”


92 Points - Temptress 2016
…Such power on the palate, with a full complement of ripe, dark fruits, earth, elegant spices, well structured and complex through a long finish that is aided by brisk acidity. Can cellar up to 10 years.”


91 Points - Petit Verdot 2016
“A lovely nose of plums, cassis, violets, savoury spices, ripe red fruits and beguiling oak spice overtones. There is a certain herbal tinge on the palate with a complex array of plump, juicy plums, wild blueberry jam and currants all wrapped up in polished tannins and baking spices that linger on the finish for a very long time. This has vibrancy through the core and a sense that it will improve in the bottle for a decade or more.”


93 Points - Syrah 2016
“In a vintage such as 2016, just WOW. It has a deep, soulful and contemplative nose of ripe blackberries, figs, boysenberries, forest floor, peppery spices, smoke and red fruit accents. There is incredible depth of plums, figs and currants on the palate that mingles with, earth, cracked black pepper, smoke, a certain gaminess, savoury spices and toasted vanilla/espresso through an echoing finish. A real treat of a wine.”


94 Points - Apologetic Red 2016
“…I just can’t imagine the 2016 vintage of this wine being bested by anything in the portfolio. This is a tour de force with a hedonistic nose of cherry kirsch, thick black currants, figs, graphite, Cuban cigar leaf, toasted vanilla bean and mocha that all works brilliantly together. The alcohol is just shy of 15%, but with the depth of fruit and concentration, you just don’t feel the heat on the palate. Full throttle currants, cherry compote, wild raspberries and blackberries are married to sweet tobacco, warm dark chocolate and a range of beautiful spices on a highly structured and complex frame that’s shrouded in polished tannins. The finish lasts for minutes and is lifted by medium + acidity. Such a gorgeous wine that can use at least 3 years of cellaring before even opening the first bottle. Another 10 years after that will reap greater rewards. No apology needed.”