Made from a local grape called Trebbiano di Lugana, which is related to the Verdicchio family. Bright straw in colour with a minerally, green-melon nose. Medium-bodied, dry and well-balanced, with ripe melon and lemon flavours.
Mondavi’s flagship wine and considered by some to be one of Napa Valley’s “First Growths.” This contains just over 90% fruit from To Kalon with a bit of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot added to the blend. It is a grand wine with notes of blackberry, dark plums, kirsch, cedar smoke, thick cassis, blackcurrants, black olives, graphite, bay leaves and a smidge of wild herbs, spice and loam. This is a big wine that’s driven by rich, thick fruits on the palate that are complex and balanced by equally profound spice notes, polished tannins and a vibrant core of acidity. I would buy and hold for a few years, or serve now with a big juicy ribeye steak.
A unique take on the variety, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented, and lees aged with minimal intervention. Lifted orchard and citrus notes up front, with a well-structured palate, with well managed oak, excellent, creamy mouthfeel and good length. Arguably an unabashed and very successful nod to Chardonnay.
Highly aromatic floral scent with pungent Muscat grapey character and a distinct whiff of lychee. Pure Muscat flavour is supported by refreshing acidity, drying mineral with a touch of residual sweetness on the lingering green-fruit finish. Muscat is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are a fan, you will love this one!
Made from 100% estate grown, 20-year-old Chardonnay on the west side of Okanagan Lake, on a cooler site that sees late afternoon shade. Aged on lees for 36 months. Persistent mousse and a fine stream in the glass with lifted floral and orchard fruit notes before a vibrant citrus palate, a hint of smoke and spice wrapped in fresh acidity before a clean finish.
A very impressive Burgundy. Ruby-coloured with a spicy, raspberry nose, well-integrated oak and a light floral uplift; medium-bodied, dry, elegant and beautifully balanced red berry flavours. A seamless wine with a firm finish.