From certified organic vineyards in West Kelowna and Oliver. Cold stopped fermentation in stainless steel. Upfront citrus and stone fruit notes with a tropical hint announcing a luscious, fresh, pure fruit palate of peach nectarine and guava.
We don’t see a lot of white Châteauneuf-du-Pape (only 1 in every 16 bottles from the region is white). A blend of 38% Roussanne, 31% Grenache Blanc and the rest Clairette and Bourboulenc, this wine is surprisingly light in colour with a greenish tint. It shows a spicy, honeysuckle and apple nose with a touch of oak; full-bodied on the palate, it’s dry and elegant with apple and pear flavours, beautifully balanced with great length.
“Vermouth is super trendy now,” Rocío Osborne told me while on a recent trip to Spain. So much so, it turns out, that her family’s company — sherry vintners since 1772 — has crafted one of its own. With a base of Medium and PX sherries and locally sourced wormwood, dittany (look it up) and bitter orange peel, Osborne Vermouth treads a perfect balance between sweet/bitter/spicy/herbal notes. Try on the rocks with a thin orange slice, or use in your favourite cocktail. Hopefully you’ll see it in your market soon.
Made from 30+-year-old vines, possibly the earliest of this variety planted in Canada. This outstanding wine was blended with 10% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, adding weight and aromatic complexity. Opens with beguiling lemon citrus, fresh fig and honeysuckle on the nose. Fine, concentrated citrus-fruit flavours are delivered in a smooth, generously rounded package. A richly satisfying wine that will develop toasty richness and further complexity with time.
Pale yellow. Nose of McIntosh apple, gooseberries, celery, a hint of sulphur. On the palate it is medium-bodied and brightly acidic, tasting of citrus and green apple. The “greenness” of the flavours make it a good match for herbed foods such as roast chicken.
Dark purple. The black fruits–dominated nose shows a great deal of depth; oak is very present but it remains under control for a fine balance with the fruit. In spite of its ripeness, it retains a nice freshness on the palate. The fine-grain, powdery tannins have just enough firmness through the opulent finish. This is an achievement combining finesse and generosity. A great wine.
From predominantly clay laden “Crede” soils at 250 m. Pale straw in the glass with fine bubbles and enduring mousse, white flower aromas, a generous but focused palate orchard and stone fruit, a hint of mineral with lingering zest and a crisp dry finish.