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 […]

Pétales 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 is […]

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 […]

A few Okanagan Valley wines – NK’Mip Cellars Talon Cabernet Syrah 2012, Kettle Valley Winery Old Main Red 2010, Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2010 and OKV Okanagan Vineyards Red 2012

A search for “Okanagan” in wine-searcher for wines sold in Australia promptly yields a nil return.  This I suspect may serve as an indicative proxy of our local knowledge, and certainly prior to the last couple of years, my own state of knowledge of this warm region in Canada.  Having just returned from British Columbia […]

Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

I really quite enjoyed Mission Hill’s 5 Vineyards cabernet merlot written up here, so I had some expectations with this wine.  They weren’t quite met.  Aromatics of shoe polish, capsicum, bay leaf and black olive, were met on the palate with medium length and fine grained tannins.  Mostly bay leaf and red plum flavours featured. […]

Gehringer Brothers Private Reserve Riesling 2012

This is the second last of my Okanagan Valley wine reviews I suspect for a while.  This riesling from Gehringer Brothers is perfectly pleasant without hitting any particular heights.  It has aromatics of lemon and lime, which carry through to the balanced and dry to off-dry palate (it is frankly dry in impression) and is […]