#ShiptoSip with Black Hills Estate Winery

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Here is a remarkable portfolio of wines from Black Hills offering special shipping incentives:

2017 Roussanne

The 2017 vintage of Roussanne opens with nuances of ripe, juicy pear. Served in a wide-mouthed Montrachet glass, the wine shows aromas of golden apple, baking spices, and subtle Meyer lemon. This wine has a rich mouthfeel and flavors of poached pear, marzipan, and lemon. Drink now and enjoy with cheesy risotto topped with spring peas and seared scallops.

2017 Ipso Facto

The 2017 vintage of Ipso Facto is a blend of Syrah & Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon as well. The nose opens up with aromas of bright raspberry and Bing Cherry, followed by a dusting of crushed violets. The palate echoes with notes of ripe cherry, black tea and cocoa on the finish. This elegant wine is structured with beautiful acidity and medium tannins that call for dishes with fresh tomato and soft cheeses.

2018 Cellar Hand Red

The 2018 Cellar Hand Red is a medium-bodied blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenere. The nose opens with intense notes of blackberries, plums and shows subtle aromas of tomato leaf with black pepper. A first sip reveals concentrated flavours of ripe black cherry and plums with hints of vanilla spice. Velvety tannins and mouthwatering acidity result in a wine that is approachable in its youth. This wine would pair perfectly with rack of lamb or stuffed portabello mushrooms. This vintage is ready to enjoy today or be cellared for up to 5 years.

2017 Tempranillo

Tasting Notes

Vibrant deep ruby in colour, the 2017 Tempranillo is packed with cassis and ripe blueberry aromas, along with a hint of fresh cream. The youthful fruit expression is complimented by subtle savory notes, such as white pepper, licorice and bay leaf. Maturation in seasoned French oak barrels has allowed the essence of the Tempranillo grape to shine through. Its rich concentration, combined with ample ripe tannins suggests this wine can continue to evolve over the next decade, making it a great candidate for cellaring.

Vineyard Notes

Following a long cold spring and late start to the growing season, the 2017 summer was both warm and dry, resulting in small and highly concentrated berries. A cool August and September followed, which allowed the grapes to retain intense fruit aromatics and fresh natural acidity. Due to the slow cool weather after veraison, each parcel of fruit was allowed a long ripening period, leading to impressive flavour and tannin maturity.

2018 Viognier

The 2018 Viognier shows intense ripe peach and nectarine aromas alongside floral notes and hints of exotic spices. The palate shows a textural creamy richness so typical of the variety, but the wine remains crisp due to its refreshing acidity. Ripe stone fruit and candied citrus peel shape the palate, while a warming spice note continues through the finish.

2017 Syrah

Ripe raspberry and black cherry aromas are intense and well defined in the 2017 Syrah, and they are joined by hints of freshly cracked black pepper. On the palate dark chocolate and sweet baking spice notes combine seamlessly with the fresh berry fruit flavours. The palate shows all the best aspects of the 2017 growing season through its rich concentration, fresh acidity, and fine silky tannins.

2017 Nota Bene

Unmistakably Nota Bene on the nose, the 19th edition of our flagship wine shows cassis, dark berry and cherry aromas, alongside notes of cedar and dark chocolate.  Fresh berry fruit and French oak flavours shape the palate, with additional complexity coming from hints of mint and sage.  Silky and elegant tannins and a creamy texture result in a wine that is approachable in its youth, while its impressive richness and concentration will allow evolution and further complexity over the next 12-15 years.  Ample fresh acidity frames a long fruit driven finish.

2017 Pinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

Sourcing grapes from multiple sites across the Naramata Bench has resulted in a wine with great complexity, and lead to a true and pure expression of this premium Pinot Noir sub-appellation. Pure red cherry and ripe raspberry aromas combine with mushroom and earthy notes, so typical of the variety. There is a blanket of fine tannins on the palate, and fresh acidity frames a long and balanced finish. Well integrated French oak spice adds another layer, and hints of violet evolve with more time in the glass. Ready to drink now, this wine will also reward a further 3-5 years in the bottle.

Ratings

89 Points – “Ruby colour; a bouquet of black raspberries with evident oak; medium-bodied, dry, lean and sinewy, raspberry flavour carried on lively acidity” – Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, Feb 2019.

Vineyard Notes

The 2017 growing season was tailor made for Pinot Noir. After a late start to the spring, the summer was both warm and dry, allowing the fruit to enter veraison in pristine condition. A cool August and September followed, which allowed the grapes to retain intense fruit aromatics and fresh natural acidity. Due to the slow cool ripening, individual parcels of fruit could be harvested at peak ripeness.

2018 Rosé

Pale copper in colour, the 2018 Rose shows fresh watermelon, strawberry and peach aromas.  Layered on top of the fruit aromas are subtle creamy and vanilla notes, developed during the wine’s maturation on its yeast lees. There is a hint of rhubarb on the palate, and a savoury herbal note adds another dimension.

2018 Alibi

The ideal cocktail wine, showing a nose of vibrant lemon and lime, with subtle toast in the background. The mouthfeel on this blend is both creamy and bright, with flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit and green apple.

2017 Alias

Tasting Notes

A wide array of intense fruit aromas is the hallmark of the Alias blend, and the 2017 version does not disappoint. No less than seven different grape varieties combine to produce an impressive range of aromas – lemon curd, fresh flowers, green apple, lime juice, ginger and exotic spices all leap out of the glass. On the palate fresh acidity combines seamlessly with a hint of sweetness, and the long finish shows further complexity through pineapple and honey flavors. A fantastic appetizer wine, Alias is best enjoyed chilled while in its youth.

Vineyard Notes

2017 was a great vintage for Okanagan white wines. The warm and dry summer resulted in concentrated and ripe berries, while the cool August and September helped the grapes retain crisp natural acidity and high aromatic intensity. The aromatic white wines present in Alias all show the benefits of these seasonal influences.

Over the next few weeks, we understand that travelling to our tasting rooms may not be possible. For this reason we are happy to lend a hand and ship some of our wines directly to your front door!

Enjoy free shipping on all orders of 6 or more for the coming weeks!

Our Outstanding Terroir

Black Hills Estate Winery vineyards have some of the most favourable grape growing conditions in the country, resulting in exceptional terroir. Located on the famed Black Sage Road, 13 kilometres north of Osoyoos, BC and 10 kilometres south of Oliver, BC. This places Black Hills Estate in the Okanagan Valley appellation, centered in the middle of Canada’s only official desert. The resulting microclimate leaves us with one of hottest, driest and sunniest sites in the country. In fact, with our northern latitude, we have more sunlight hours than Napa Valley in the key growing months of June through August.

The vineyards’ west-facing slope aspect and deep desert sand experiences exceptional diurnal tempature variation providing daytime heat that fully ripens our grapes followed by cool nights that allow acid retention. The result? Intensely flavourful grapes!

Black Hills careful irrigation techniques and thoughtfully focused viticulture practices, provide ideal growing conditions for the Bordeaux and Rhone varietals we nurture. We are so terroir-centric that our winegrower lives right in the middle of our vineyard. He quite literally eats, sleeps and breathes our grapes!

Join us in June, 2020 as we celebrate 20 years of passionate winemaking upon the release of our 2018 Nota Bene!

 

Images and tasting notes courtesy of the winery.

 

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