Lake Country, BC
Pale straw in colour with a touch of copper and medium-light intensity. The nose shows aromas of bright peaches and cream, lime and honeysuckle. Good balance and medium body. Crunchy nectarine, citrus, and honey on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. Great value. Serve with scallops and prawns, grilled fish, roast chicken, Thai food, fresh stone fruit salad, cheddar or gouda.
2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Church and State
Green tinged straw colour with light intensity. The nose is juicy with aromas of tangerine, nectarine, melon, citrus, and honey. Good balance. Mouth-watering fruit on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. The low alcohol (11.5% ABV) on this wine makes it perfect for lunch or on the patio. Very tasty.
2014 Pinot Noir
Lake Country, BC
There is a nod to Burgundy when you taste this wine. Garnet red with a hint of brick and medium-plus intensity. The nose opens with a medley of dried fruit, forest floor, black tea, and a hint of (very pleasing) tar. Good balance with medium body and smooth ripe tannins. Dried cherries dominate the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.
2017 Madcap Red (Bordeaux Blend)
Garnet red with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of ripe fruit, plum, spice, and cocoa. Good balance with smooth ripe tannins. The aromas carry through on to the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. Great value.
2016 Merlot (Rattlesnake Vineyard)
Oliver’s Rattlesnake Vineyard on the Golden Mile has very sandy soil. The grapes here on the west side of the valley bask in the morning sun and then cool in the afternoon shade which helps to ensure freshness and good structure. The wine spent twenty months in French oak. The wine is garnet/black in colour with deep intensity. Plum, blackberry, mulberry, earth, and chocolate bottom notes on the nose. The balance is very good with firm ripe tannins. The palate opens with blackberry, cherry, mulberry, plum, toast and currant undertones followed by a medium-long finish with lingering blackberry flavour. Suitable for cellaring for an additional five to ten years. Decanting helped this wine open significantly.
(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)