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TASTING NOTES: A lively and fruity wine blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cab Franc. This soft and approachable wine is lovely on the patio, best served with pizza and BBQ fare. Aromas of cherry and plum with bright flavours of raspberry, currants and Okanagan cherries. Enjoy now to 2020.
Awards & Ratings
- John Schreiner, August 18, 2016
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2016, Silver Medal
This is a well priced merlot (87%) with some malbec and cabernet franc in the blend. It is midweight and juicy with a fragrant nose of blackberry and black cherry fruit with subtle, well integrated, oak spice and a lovely sweet herbal tone. The palate is finely balanced with a firm dry finish. Very good length. Best 2017 to 2020. Tasted June 2016.
- 88 pts, Steve Thurlow - WineAlign
This was a featured wine in the monthly Wine Club in October.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley
Variety: 87% Merlot, 11,5% Malbec, 1.5% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard: Oxbow Vineyard, Osoyoos
Cases Produced: 550
Appearance: Bright, clear, deep ruby in colour.
Nose: Medium-plus intensity, with fresh plum, blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate aromas most prominent on the nose. Secondary leather, smoke and black tea notes add complexity.
Palate: This full-bodied, rich red may technically be a Bordeaux-style blend, but flavour-wise it’s anything but. Plush blueberry and plum notes driven by the Merlot make way for dark chocolate, vanilla and blackberry flavours.
Quality: While drinking well now, the Groove’s evolution after a couple of years in the cellar would certainly be compelling.
Food Pairing: Blue cheese burgers,barbecued ribs, sharp cheeses, fajitas.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Harvested from the west slope of the valley around Osoyoos, there’s loads of ripeness to this Okanagan red blend. The rich dark fruit is ripe without getting sweet, and silky tannins add structure and depth.
Black tea and white pepper notes emerge on the modest tannin, while a dash of acidity keeps the fruit focused and pronounced.
The modest oak aging here adds complexity without overpowering the fruit or adding any sweetness.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press