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 and […]

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 like […]

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 match […]

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.  Correct […]

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 bodied […]

Osoyoos Larose Pétales d’Osoyoos 2012

Forgive my continuing North American theme (I promise I will attend to the growing mountain of new arrivals from Australia very soon!), but I just can’t help wanting to write up wines that I really enjoyed.  Here we venture quite a bit north from the Napa Valley to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.  I’ve […]

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 anything […]