Mission Hill Family Estate Compendium Okanagan Valley 2014

Mission Hill have fashioned an outstanding cabernet blend here from the Okanagan Valley in Canada. ¬†It’s a classic Bordeaux style blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 16% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. ¬†Perhaps more than any other wine I have tried to date, this wine showcases the region’s considerable potential and puts CanadianContinue reading “Mission Hill Family Estate Compendium Okanagan Valley 2014”

OKV Okanagan Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2016

This is a sound wine at less than $10 from the Okanagan Valley. ¬†A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, it has a simple fruity aroma of red berries. ¬†The palate is dry, with some soft tannins, gentle fruit and the finish in balance. ¬†A safe choice at this price. ¬†Rating: Acceptable. Abv:Continue reading “OKV Okanagan Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2016”

Bartier Bros. Cerqueira Vineyard Merlot Okanagan Valley 2015

I expect this label will not be imported into Australia, but it shows what is being done with merlot elsewhere – in this case, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. It’s a delicious rendition of the variety. In the glass, there are aromatics of chocolate and red berries. The palate is pure fruited, balanced andContinue reading “Bartier Bros. Cerqueira Vineyard Merlot Okanagan Valley 2015”

Poplar Grove Merlot 2013

This is a sound cool climate merlot from Poplar Grove in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada. ¬†Perhaps most interesting is the cross country comparison to Australian merlot, which has suffered with perceptions. ¬†I’ve written on this at some length previously (see my post here). ¬†This BC merlot’s expression is immediately more likeContinue reading “Poplar Grove Merlot 2013”

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley 2014

This is the best Osoyoos Larose that I have tasted to date. ¬†From Canada’s Okanagan Valley, it is a Bordeaux style blend that is serious in both intent and impression. ¬†The 2014 vintage is a blend of 68% merlot, 11% cabernet franc, 8% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot and 5% malbec. ¬†There are typical “cabernet”Continue reading “Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley 2014”

P√©tales d’Osoyoos Larose 2013

I’ve written previously about this producer from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada, and 2013 vintage is another good release. ¬†Although a merlot dominant blend, it’s very much a¬†cru bourgeois in style, or closer to home, it reminds of a Yarra Valley cabernet blend from a very good producer. ¬†The 2013 blend isContinue reading “P√©tales d’Osoyoos Larose 2013”