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nuances, 2019

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2019 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.8% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 92 pts

The Place

From the Kozier Organic Vineyard perched high on the Naramata Bench, our Merlot has achieved optimal ripeness and is the rounding feature to this wine. Further south in the Okanagan just north of Tuc-el-nuit Lake, the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are the perfect balance to compliment this delicious small lot wine.

The Wine

Drawing from the savoir-faire of six generations of winemaking in Bordeaux, nuances is blended to balance the character of vintage, vineyards, and varietals. Aged 12 months in 10% new French oak. 54% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc.

Tasting Note

Juicy berry fruit and floral notes. Ripe blackberry, cassis, and herbal tones, generous mid-palate, and a clean finish.

Critic's Rating

The Roche family has deep winemaking roots led by Pénélope, who counts six generations of viticulture and winemaking at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion in Bordeaux. Nuances is the perfect name for this blend of 54/24/22 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc, aged 12 months in 10% new French oak. The fruit comes from two sites: the merlot is from the Kozier Organic Vineyard perched high on the Naramata Bench; while the cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon come from the south Okanagan just north of Tuc-el-nuit Lake on the outskirts of Oliver. The considerable nuances in this wine are the result of balancing the vintage, vineyards, and varieties. Expect a Bordelais-style, sporting savoury red and black fruit just beginning to pull together for a long journey in the bottle. Like last year, this wine is all elegance, nuance, and understatement.
- Anthony Gismondi
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Bronze Medal
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    The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in November 2023's Wine Club package.

    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

    Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley
    Varietals: Merlot (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (24%), Cabernet Franc (22%)
    Vineyard: Merlot — Kozier Organic Vineyard, Naramata Bench; Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc — Suncrest Vineyard, Oliver
    Residual Sugar: 2.36 g/L
    Cases Produced: 860

    Appearance: Deep dark purple in colour.
    Nose: Cedary, vanilla, blackcurrant nose.
    Palate: Medium- to full-bodied, dry, richly textured flavours of blackcurrant, plum, and redcurrant with evident but mellow tannins. Firmly structured and beautifully balanced.
    Quality: 90 – 92 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Reminiscent of Bordeaux’s St. Julien. Can be opened now, but will reward holding for 1 – 2 years.

    Food Pairing: Prime rib roast, duck confit, pumpkin and sage-baked gnocchi, roasted turkey with cranberry-merlot sauce, and fried tofu with spicy ginger-sesame sauce.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Bronze Medal