Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Reserve Merlot 2016

There are few Australian merlots I have tasted of this calibre at this price. From Tinhorn Creek in the Okanagan Valley in Canada, this wine opens to aromas of red fruits and evident oak. The palate is savoury, with notes of spice, dried herbs and red fruits. Ready to drink now or over the nextContinue reading “Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Reserve Merlot 2016”

Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is a very good cabernet sauvignon from Mission Hill in the Okanagan Valley in Canada and the 2017 vintage. It has aromatics of spice and brooding blackcurrants. The palate has ripe and fleshy tannins and good length on the finish. This wine is enjoyable right now, but will also suit cellaring for 5 years.Continue reading “Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017”

Covert Farms Family Estate The Bluff 2016

This is an excellent wine from Covert Farms in the Okanagan Valley in Canada. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot and from the 2016 vintage, its style is reminiscent of a left bank cru bourgeois Bordeaux from a ripe vintage. In the glass, there are earthy, blackcurrant aromatics. The palate hasContinue reading “Covert Farms Family Estate The Bluff 2016”

Bartier Bros Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley 2016

I have tasted this wine a few times now, and it is a very good cabernet franc. ¬†From the Okanagan Valley, its aromatics are restrained, reminding of blackberries and cedar. ¬†The palate is balanced, with hints of tannin. ¬†Ready to drink now, this is an enjoyable wine. ¬†Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.7%. Price:Continue reading “Bartier Bros Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley 2016”

Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley 2016

Cabernet franc from the Okanagan Valley presents as a more robust interpretation of this grape, more right bank Bordeaux than the Loire Valley.  Hester Creek produce a good one.  Its aromas remind of red fruits, while the palate has evident tannins and good balance.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.1%. Price: $27. Website: hestercreek.com.