Very pale straw colour with medium-light intensity. The nose is intense with aromas of apricot, peach, tangerines with undertones of ginger, grapefruit zest, and rose petals. Well balanced. Big fruit on the palate followed by a medium-long finish with a characteristic slight bitterness. This wine is a lot drier than one might expect from the fruity nose. Serve with prawns and scallops.
Clos du Soleil
I had intended to drink this wine when it was younger, but its age is not an issue. Made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, it is coppery orange in colour (from the age) with medium-intensity. The nose is a delight with aromas of strawberry, cherry, pear, raspberry, cranberry, and orange zest with a slight hint of vanilla. Well balanced with good mouthfeel. The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium-plus finish. It made a great pairing with pizza.
2014 Pinot Noir
(Note: price is for the current vintage). Garnet red with some bricking and medium-plus intensity. Meaty, dark cherries, black tea, forest floor, herbs, and vanilla on the nose. Well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. The aromas are reflected on the palate followed by a medium-long finish. Impressive BC pinot noir.
2015 Merlot (Oldfield Reserve)
You’ve got to love it when the bottle on the store shelf is already five years old. Garnet red with a hint of bricking and medium-deep intensity. The nose is dark and earthy with aromas of plum, blackberry, black cherry, cinnamon, chocolate, pencil shavings, and a hint of smoke. Good balance and smooth ripe tannins. The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish with a hint of bitterness. Very good now, but will continue to improve for another three to eight years.
2013 Il Falcone (Rosso Reserva)
Castel del Monte
This wine comes from the Apulia region of southern Italy (the ‘heel’) and is made from the Nero di Troia (aka Uva di Troia) grape. Aged 14 months in French oak. Garnet/black in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of dark ripe fruit, prune, blackberry, tobacco leaf, and earth. Good balance with medium body and integrated supple tannins. Cherry, dark fruit, spice, and a hint of leather on the palate. A medium-long finish with lingering fruit. Very good now, but could be cellared for another three years.
Clos du Soleil bottle shot courtesy of the winery.