2018 Petit Rouge
Le Vieux Pin
This Le Vieux Pin entry-level wine is a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity. The nose opens with aromas of pepper, blackberry, cherry, earth, vanilla and spice. Good balance with medium body. Pleasing on the palate with flavours following the nose. A medium-plus finish. Good value.
2015 Heritage Block
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The blend makes this wine. Each grape contributes its own unique signature to the wine. Clearly a case of, the whole is great than the sum of its parts. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose is rich, layered and inviting with dark fruit, dark berries, cherries, earth and cocoa. Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium-long finish. This wine has aged beautifully. If enjoying a more recent vintage, be sure to decant this wine so it shows its best.
2016 Clos de los Siete
A blend of 54% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. James Suckling scored this wine 94 points, but I think he was a bit generous. Garnet red with deep intensity. Aromas of earth, inky dark berries, cherries and cassis. Very good balance with good structure and smooth ripe tannins. The palate shows flavours of plum, bramble, cassis and vanilla followed by a medium-long finish.
2018 Pinot Noir
Meyer Family Vineyards
This wine is made from grapes sourced from four vineyards. McLean Creek in Okanagan Falls, Teasdale Road in Kelowna, Windy Ridge in Kaleden and Cellarsbend in Naramata. Each vineyard contributes its own nuance to the wine. Eight months in neutral French oak. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Dark cherry is woven together with vanilla and meaty undertones. Very good balance. Bright cherry, raspberry and vanilla on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. With time to breathe, this wine opened up, became more rounded and elegant with the savoury notes emerging.
Garnet red in colour with deep intensity. Blackberry, blueberry, black pepper and spice on the nose. Well balanced and silky smooth with soft ripe tannins. The flavours reflect the nose followed by a medium-long finish with flavours lingering. Be sure to decant this wine so it can show its best.
(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck, feature image – stock)