Osoyoos Larose Pétales d’Osoyoos 2011

This wine firmly puts to rest any doubts one might have had that cabernet sauvignon could ripen in Canada.   Osoyoos Larose is a joint venture in the Okanagan Valley between Vincor International, Chateau Gruaud-Larose and certain other Bordeaux properties.  The wine here is the second wine of this estate, and it is sufficiently impressive […]

G. Marquis Riesling Ice Wine 2010

You don’t see a lot of Canadian ice wine in Australia and due to its high cost method production it’s not cheap.  Nonetheless, they are worth looking out for as they can achieve a non-cloying balance between sweetness and acidity, generally lack botrytis characters thus preserving purity of fruit expression and in the Niagara Peninsula’s […]

Mission Hill 5 Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2011

Is Canada is warm enough to produce good cabernet merlot blends?  If this wine is indicative, yes.  It has classic cabernet sauvignon aromatics of bay leaf and dark fruits.  The palate has flavours reminding of dark fruits and cloves, while there is medium length and textural extract on the finish.  Ready to drink now, this […]

Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2011

Few I suspect would think of Canada as being a reasonably serious producer of anything other than ice wine, which is of course incorrect.  The Okanagan Valley in the far east of British Columbia has a dry climate suited to the production of table wine styles, and there’s even a book written on the region. […]