2013 Rosé (Pinot Meunier)
A rather unique rosé from Bernd and Stefanie Schales of 8th Generation. It is cherry red with medium intensity. Ripe red apples, Strawberries, cherries, pink grapefruit and watermelon aromas on the nose. Well balanced. The flavours echo the nose with a medium-long finish. Think you don’t like rosé? Try this one and it will change your mind. Definitely not a wimpy wine.
At five years old, this gamay is showing well. Deep garnet red in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of dark fruit, spice, black pepper and dry chocolate. Well balanced with smooth firm tannins. Rich dark fruit dominates the palate followed by a medium-long finish with pleasing flavours lingering. 2010 was a great year for Desert Hills Gamay. It has aged well and developed complexity. It was good at release and even better now.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw in colour with medium intensity. The nose is delicate and elegant. Well balanced with good mouthfeel. The palate shows well-integrated oak and fruit. A medium-long tangy finish.
Not as good as the iconic 2010, but a very good, fruit forward gamay, a much under appreciated varietal that BC does so well. Garnet-black with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of cherry, raspberry, earth, oak and dry cocoa. Well balanced. Bright red fruit on the palate. A medium finish with lingering chocolate flavours. This paired well with pan-seared sockeye salmon.
Okanagan Centre, BC
Pale yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows floral aromas along with peach, apricot and spice. Well balanced with medium body. Mouthwatering, luscious fruit on the palate. Fruit lingers on the finish. Serve as an aperitif before dinner, with appies or on the patio.