“Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary, and I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking wine” *
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Highlighting the new releases from Gold Hill for lovers of big, bold, expressive, rich, complex, juicy, well-balanced plus flagship wines! These are the wines for the discriminating wine lover who knows what they want. Wines aged in French oak and new releases and a Grand Vin.
Big, Bold, Expressive New Release
Soft and silky red with notes of cherry, vanilla, plum, jam and blackberries, this medium to full-bodied wine has soft tannins and a tobacco and cocoa finish. One of the more popular varietals, this wine can be served with a variety of dishes, including pastas, cheese fondues and lighter cuts of meat. Aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months.
Rich, Complex New Release
Single Vineyard, 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
Our 2018 Syrah is a rich and complex red wine with nuances of lavender, spice, anise and vanilla and delicate hints of raspberry, cherry and pepper notes. Pairs well with grilled meats or medium-rare cuts, including beef, lamb, ribs or duck, as well as goat cheese and sheep cheese. Aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months.
2017 Cabernet Franc
Gold Standard Flagship Wine New Release
The resulting wine has abundant notes of floral violet, sage, vanilla, blackberry. On the palate, this medium-bodied juicy red, has flavours of raspberry, lambert cherry, and java followed by a lengthy finish of soft, fine tannins, tobacco leaf and mellow acidity. With the warmer than normal year, this Cabernet Franc is definitely a richer, bigger, bolder expression of our normal Cabernet Franc.
Gold Hill Cabernet Franc is ideal to pair with food: grilled duck, game, beef or lamb, eggplant, roast tomatoes or roast vegetables, and creamy soft cheeses which pair well with the soft tannins.
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
The culmination of our best efforts, Grand Vin is in the tradition of French Bordeaux Chateaus, signifying the best wine produced at the winery. A blend of predominantly Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, and made with the ripest, select areas of our home block. Producing this wine from fruit grown on our home Estate, makes this wine a definite Okanagan representation of a classic Right Bank Bordeaux. The vine clones are all ENTAV selections on 3309 rootstock, producing fruit with great aromatic profile and elegant tannins. Most of the fruit was hand-picked in late October, and hand-sorted in the vineyard to remove any damaged berries or non-grape material. At the crush pad, the clusters were destemmed, and then partially crushed. Each individual variety was picked and crushed separately. For each wine batch the must was allowed to slowly warm up, while cold soaking, allowing wild flora to start co-fermentation on the surface of the must. At 18 C, the must of each wine batch was inoculated and fermented between 26 and 28 C. Daily pump-overs and delestage, allowed full development of the tannins and colour. Before the ferment finished to dry, the young wine was transferred to 100% new French oak barrel where it aged a further 18 months.
Our 2016 Grand Vin is a serious Okanagan red blend. Dark and brooding it would be equally at home with a roaring fire or outdoors, grilling steaks. On the nose the Cabernet Sauvignon contributes blackberry and raspberry, with notes of red currants and cherry from the Cabernet Franc. In the mouth, there is a lovely viscous density with notes of vanilla from significant barrel time. Mouth-coating ripe tannins enhance the finish. Drink now through to 2035.
$52.99 available at Everything Wine
An Award-Winning Lineup
Under the direction of our winemaker Val Tait, we craft small-lot, premium wines made from 100% estate-grown grapes. Our exclusive lineup of age-worthy reds are juicy, well-balanced and well-reviewed. Our Cabernet Franc continues to win awards, now joined on the podium by our Grand Vin.
Wine notes courtesy of the winery. Images: MyVanCity. I received complimentary wine to facilitate this feature. *paraphrasing “without drinking either wine, cider or beer” is the correct quote.