3 INTERNATIONAL WINERY OF THE YEAR AWARDS!
2013 & 2014 Riverside International Wine Competition
2015/2016 Intervin International
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Commanding and complex, the Grand Total Reserve is a cellar-worthy wine that is the pinnacle of our Bordeaux program. Like previous vintages, it continues to offer a well-balanced wine in a robust yet refined style that “big red” connoisseurs have come to covet from us year after year.
This wine is concentrated and inky with aromatics of dried dark berries and leather on the nose. These notes follow through on the velvety palate with further layers of chocolate covered cassis, nuts, vanilla rooibos and espresso beans. For the 2013 Grand Total Reserve, all the varietals were cropped at one bunch per shoot, achieving under three tons per acre. This result is incredible flavour intensity across all three Bordeaux varietals used – Merlot (58%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Cabernet Franc (17%). The single varietal aging both in barrel (50% new French) and in bottle followed by the careful multi-varietal blending achieves an overall heightened elegance and complexity. The dense concentrated flavours combined with the fine-grained tannins and never-ending finish will satiate even the most discerning palate.
The depth in structure will allow the wine to age comfortably for up to 10 years from the release, under ideal cellaring conditions.
The grapes from this vineyard are some of the oldest, if not the oldest, plantings of the variety in Canada. Our Sémillon is highly aromatic with a lively start that leads to a lush mid-palate and a lingering creamy finish.
Gently pressing with some skin contact to extract full flavours, our 2015 Sémillon displays beautiful layered notes of lemon curd, Bartlett pear, fresh figs, orchard blossoms and honey. The wine was then left sur lie for 3 months to achieve a pleasing creaminiess and weight on the palate.
We encourage you to cellar a couple of bottles (up to a maximum of 7 years from release) in order to experience the alluring rich bouquet that a well-made and cellared Sémillon offers. The viscosity enhances its elegance along with developed toasty, silky notes evocative of orange blossom honey, dried fig and sweet hay.
This wine truly expresses the delicate beauty that is Pinot Noir. More concentrated in both colour and flavours than the 2013 vintage, our 2014 Pinot Noir offers an incredibly opulent palate with a persistent finish.
Enticing notes of wild foraged dark berries along the lines of ripe strawberries, Saskatoon berries and mulberries mingle beautifully with warming notes of wet earth, licorice, cedar and vanilla bean. To craft this superb, multi-dimensional wine, the fruit was separated by the five different clones and three different soil types for fermentation. As with all our wines that have oak influence, only premium French oak barrels are used. 15% of this Pinot Noir was barrel aged in new oak with an overall total of 13 months in barrel.
This Pinot Noir was crafted with immediate enjoyment in mind though it will continue to develop up to 3-4 years from vintage date. Ideal cellaring will further emphasize the silkier mouthfeel and the lovely earthier notes.
Jeff and Niva Martin come from the Riverina area of Australia, and have been involved with grape growing and wine making since early childhood.
Come for a visit
We are located on the stunning Naramata Bench in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
We look forward to welcoming you to our unique wine shop overlooking Lake Okanagan. This spectacular view was featured on the $100 banknote from 1954 to 1975.
Events @ La Frenz
Thursday, July 7th, 2016. 6:30PM
It's not truly summer until Jeff and Niva get together with the talented duo of Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering, for the Winemaker’s Culinary Series. This highly anticipated, intimate dinner is set at the stunning God's Mountain Estate, overlooking Skaha Lake.