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This is a great weekend BBQ wine. It is packed full of flavour but is also very mellow and well-balanced. Great as a sipping wine, to enjoy with a cheese plate, or to pair with your meal. On the nose it displays blackberry, raspberry, graphite and cinnamon. On the palate is stewed cherries, basil, cranberry and pomegranate.
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine in March's Wine Club package, 2018.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC
Varietal: Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (20%)
Vineyard: Viera Vineyard and Gruven Vineyard
Cases Produced: 348
Appearance: Bright, semi-opaque. Ruby core, lighter rim.
Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, sweet tobacco, black pepper, forest floor, leather, smoke.
Palate: Medium tannin, medium acid, medium body. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, black pepper. Some herbal notes.
Food Pairing: Grilled game dishes like buffalo, venison, and elk. Barbecued burgers, ribs with barbecue sauce, sausage pizza with tomato sauce, baked quinoa meatloaf.
Shana & Gavin Miller are the genius duo who paired a winery with a creamery – Shana heads up the creamery and Gavin is the winemaker. Both Shana and Gavin have had esteemed careers in the wine industry, so it’s not surprising that in only a few short years their brand of Upper Bench wines has amazed the palates of enthusiasts and wine reviewers alike.
This is a lovely red blend that has been oaked in French barrels for 14 months. The wine is well balanced and uncomplicated with a long, spicy finish. It’s drinking very nicely now, but could cellar up to 3 years.
- Jackie McLachlan, Wine Steward