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 2014 Syrah is a deeply hued and full-bodied wine that was produced in a northern Rhone style and reflects the excellent harvest that fall.
The addition of a small percentage of Viognier during fermentation is represented both in the vibrant colour and on the mid-palate with floral and fruit characteristics of violets, ripe blueberries and dark purple fruits. Only French oak was used (15% new) for a 20 month maturation and is noted in the structure and a creamy cashew-like characteristic.
This generous, broad mouthfeel leads to a persistent finish that highlights the earthy and savoury characteristic of a well-ripened Syrah, bringing to mind rosemary, white pepper and hints of charcuterie and soy.
The classic pairing of roast or grilled lamb would make for a delicious evening with friends!
Under ideal transportation and cellaring conditions, the 2014 Syrah can be cellared five plus years from release.
Jeff and Niva Martin come from the Riverina area of Australia, and have been involved with grape growing and wine making since early childhood.
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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.