Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage British Columbia 2014

“Meritage” is not a word seen on Australian labels, but refers in a North American context to Bordeaux blend style wines. ¬†I wasn’t aware of its use outside of the United States, but the evidence here is otherwise. ¬†In the glass, this is another lovely cabernet blend from BC with aromatics of clove, struck matchContinue reading “Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage British Columbia 2014”

Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Okanagan Valley 2013

I quite liked the 2013 Mission Hill reserve cabernet sauvignon. ¬†A touch more than the 2011 (see my review¬†here) but both are still very pleasant.¬† The 2013 has a classic medium bodied cabernet expression perhaps without showing any “above and beyond” characters through the palate. ¬†Tobacco, cedar, leather and dried herbs round things up. ¬†CorrectContinue reading “Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Okanagan Valley 2013”

Stag’s Hollow Heritage Block Okanagan Valley 2012

Here’s one the last Okanagan Valley reviews. ¬†It’s from Stag’s Hollow and is a Bordeaux blend, this time 49% merlot, 37.5% cabernet franc and the remainder made up of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot. ¬†A right bank style really. ¬†It’s a lovely wine too. ¬†Cloves, herbs and bouquet¬†garnis¬†frame the¬†aromatics. ¬†The palate is medium bodiedContinue reading “Stag’s Hollow Heritage Block Okanagan Valley 2012”

Bonamici Cellars Okanagan Valley Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

You don’t see too many blends of merlot and cabernet franc in Australia. This one’s also from the new world, but from a place you might not have heard of – the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada. I expect it can’t be found in Australia, but since I am not actually selling anythingContinue reading “Bonamici Cellars Okanagan Valley Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012”

Back at the desk; Clos de los Siete 2013

Well, I’m back at the desk having returned from a couple of weeks abroad in British Columbia in Canada. ¬†It was not a wine trip, but naturally I could not help wanting to look in on some of the wines of this remarkable continent, north and south. ¬†I’ve written on these pages previously in praiseContinue reading “Back at the desk; Clos de los Siete 2013”