Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2018 Rosé
Black Hills
Oliver, BC
This rosé is a blend of 42% Pinot Noir, 35% Gamay and 23% Malbec.  Salmon coloured with medium-light intensity.  The nose greets you with aromas of watermelon, wild strawberry and fresh cream.  Well balanced with good mouthfeel.  Bright on the palate with mouth-watering fruit followed by a medium-long finish with lingering fruit flavours and delicate dried herbs.


2017 Fume Blanc
Clos du Soleil
Cawston, BC
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.  Very pale straw in colour with medium-light intensity.  Lime, juicy stone fruit and melon notes with restrained undertones of oak on the nose.  Good balance.  Bright and zesty on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish with lingering hints of grapefruit pith.


2018 Chardonnay
Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls, BC
This is a three-region blend that helps to add some complexity, as does low cropping levels.  80% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel while the remaining 20% spent four months in neutral French oak which helps to provide texture while not adding any noticeable oak character.  Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Lime, Granny Smith apple and butter on the nose along with pear and honeydew undertones.  Good balance with a creamy texture.  The flavours mirror the nose followed by a warm, lingering finish.  A great wine for those tired of big butter-bomb over-oaked California-styled examples.


Non-vintage Brut Rosado
Segura Viudas
Torrelavit, Spain
This is a traditional method sparkling wine.  Salmon coloured with medium-light intensity.  Leesy and yeasty with delicate red berry notes on the nose.  Good balance and good mousse.  The flavours follow the nose.  A medium-plus finish.  This is a good value wine.


2016 Malbec (Rattlesnake Vineyard)
Second Chapter
Oliver, BC
The 2016 vintage was bottled under their working name of Compass so this is a label you will no longer see. The grapes come from eleven-year-old vines, grown in the sandy soil of the Golden Mile DVA This wine is impressive.  Garnet/black in colour with deep intensity.  The nose is rich and layered with lots of dark berries – blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry – black cherry, spice and cocoa.  Well balanced with velvety smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours echo the nose followed by a lingering finish.

(All photos – Sam Hauck)

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