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 LAFRENZ Reserve Wines

13 June 2019

2019 June Release

We are very proud to announce the release of our wonderful Reserve wines from our 2016 & 2017 harvests and sporting the stylishly new Reserve packaging.

Growing Seasons

2016 was a roller coaster ride. The growing season started with budburst a full month ahead of normal. This had everyone nervous about a possible freeze throughout April which could have been devastating to the tender young shoots. The early start and warm spring continued into record temperatures throughout June. This had the makings of one of the earliest harvests ever in the Okanagan, which then raised concerns about grape ripening and harvest taking place when temperatures are too warm, and grapes don’t accumulate the cool climate flavours we strive for.

As if on cue September was a very cool month which appeared to stall ripening for days at a time. This resulted in the longer “hang times” on the vine and enabled the development of superb flavours. October was seasonally warm allowing further ripening and the winery to cherry pick each variety and vineyard block at perfect ripeness.

The 2017 growing season was a great year, it kicked off with budburst at the beginning of May which seemed late to some after the record breaking 2015/16 seasons , but was very typical for the Okanagan. May and June received mild temperatures accompanied by higher than normal rainfall. This resulted in some vineyard blocks needing little, if any supplemental irrigation throughout the entire season. True “ dryland farming “ that resulted in the small concentrated berries we strive for each year. July, August were beautifully warm months that continued throughout September which accumulated impressive growing degree days.  October turned very mild but by this time our individual vineyard blocks were already at 95% desired ripeness. These milder temperatures allowed us to harvest superb quality at the peak of flavour development and at a relatively leisurely pace.


Last year, our Reserve wines sold out in a couple of months, some immediately!

These wines will sell out quickly and are not to be missed!

Reserve wines release - June 21, 2019

2017 Ensemble: – This is a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon that was fermented in both neutral barrels and cement eggs. The wine then matured in barrels for a total of 10 months on their yeast lees for added creaminess. The Ensemble has fragrances of honeysuckle, lemongrass and orange zest and shows a honeyed warmth throughout with a rich texture. A complex wine brimming with lemon sorbet, ginger and Chinese five spice, finishing with notes of lanolin and golden hay that is typical of aged Semillon.

2017 Chardonnay Reserve: –  This wine was fermented in cement eggs (15%) and French oak (85%) for added complexity. The majority of this wine underwent slow fermentations by native yeasts for added complexity and integration. The Reserve Chardonnay exhibits beautiful aromatics fragrant with white nectarines, jasmine, cashews and chamomile tea. The palate has great concentration, volume and purity of fruit. Notes of poached pears, cantaloupe and baked apple pie are highlighted and lead to a complex but focused midpalate. A long finish of graphite/flint, roasted hazelnuts and brioche is provided with a fine line of acidity. The palate is very rich, honeyed and textural.

2017 Vivant: –  This is our Rhone style blend of 60% Viognier, 27% Roussanne and 13% Chardonnay, fermented in a combination of neutral French oak and cement eggs to create a complex textured wine. Aromas of orange blossoms, dried apricots and Turkish delight greets the senses which leads on to a rich palate of figs, kumquat marmalade and orchard fruits. The warm finish lingers with hints of tarragon and umami, simply delicious. 

2017 Pinot Noir Reserve: – This wine is a hand selection of single barrels representing a blend of our favourite parcels of fruit from the Desperation Hill vineyard. Predominately clones 115, 667, 777 and 828, all ferments are conducted in small 1-2 ton batches and then matured for a further 14 months in French oak. The Pinot Noir Reserve has, as all great Pinots should, layers upon layers of flavour, continually expressing more of its nuances as it opens in the glass. Aromatics of raspberry compote, wet moss and wild strawberries lead to flavours of Mascherano cherries, bramble and black olives. This wine has a wonderful density, fine silky tannins whilst still showing the elegance of Pinot Noir. A lingering finish with notes of cigar box, all spice and oyster shells leaves you wanting more! 

2016 Grand Total Reserve: – Comprising 44% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec and aged in 80% new French barriques for 21 months followed by a further 10 months bottle aging. Blending allows us to use the very best characteristics of these varieties to consistently produce this Reserve style. This big and brooding wine teems with aromas of espresso beans, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and dusty earth. The palate has a rich concentration of dates, cassis, leather and eucalypt. The super fine tannins provide great structure to the wine and notes of cigar box and star anise add to the long lingering finish. A wine that will reward when cellared, it also is very enjoyable right now!


We are pleased to offer tastings of our Reserve wines starting on Friday June 21st with all the new releases on our patio throughout the season or until they are gone. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity and visit us for a memorable seated tasting experience at our Wine Shop.


Our Fortified wines are perpetual Gold and Platinum medal winners, with a tally that is second to none. We started laying the foundation for these wines nearly 20 years ago so that today when we now assemble a blend to achieve an average age of 15 years. The quality we can achieve in these blends can only be reached with time. These wines always have me shaking my head in disbelief that they weren’t made in the Upper Duoro or Rutherglen, Australia, simply superb after dinner wines.

NV Liqueur Muscat: – Each year our Muscat grapes are allowed to raisin for as long as possible before harvest. The resulting blend is as sweet and luscious as possible yet balanced by a firm drying tannin structure on the finish. Brimming with flavors of raisins, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and hints of earl grey tea, it really is dessert in a glass.  There is not another wine like it in North America and should be in everyone’s cellar, simply delicious.

NV Tawny Port: – Dense brown in colour it brims with dates, prunes, walnuts and molasses. A medium sweetness level that finishes dry, it lingers on the palate endlessly, a superb example of the style.

Pre order your wines online at www.lafrenzwinery.com, or visit us in the Wine Shop.

Some benchmark wines to choose from, enjoy! 

Jeff Martin, 

LAFRENZ


Upcoming Events


Winemakers’ dinner at LAFRENZ Winery 21st June 2019, 6 - 10pm – SOLD OUT! 

An exceptional evening is assured, with sunset lake views from our patio. A sumptuous 5 course fine dining experience prepared by Chef Mark Filatow (Waterfront restaurant, Kelowna) each course elegantly paired with one of our newly released Reserve collection. Owner Jeff Martin and winemaker Dominic McCosker will be your hosts for the evening.

Location: 1525 Randolph Road, Penticton, BC, V2A 8T5 (Wine Shop)


RED, WHITE and BLUES party, Friday 6th September 6-9.30pm

Hosted at the winery this will be a twilight “can’t keep still” dance party, featuring bluesy rock by the incomparable LeRoy Bell and his only Friends from Seattle.  Award winning chef Martin Laprise of The Chef Instead will be providing his fabulous southern style BBQ and of course the award-winning wines of LAFRENZ.

As this is a 20th anniversary party we will be releasing our much anticipated ASTER champagne at this event. We have long believed that true method champenoise wines will be one of the signature wine styles for the Okanagan in the long term. Named in honour of our first grandchild, this is a classic blend of early picked Chardonnay for honey and toast, while the Pinot Noir provides backbone and structure, then aged 3 years on its yeast lees in bottle before disgorging has produced the finest bubbles. The result is beyond incredible and will sit on the table alongside the best from anywhere in the world.

A smoking $89 (incl. GST) gets you into this fun event.

Tickets are selling quickly and can be purchased here or by contacting the winery on 250-492-6690 ext.2 or marketing@lafrenzwinery.com

A free shuttle service will run from Penticton locations to the winery. Event accommodation with preferred room rates are reserved at Penticton Lakeside Resort and Ramada Penticton.

Penticton Lakeside Resort – rooms starting at $226/night ph 1800-663-9400 and quote La Frenz. Must be booked by July 6th 2019.

Ramada Penticton – rooms starting at $229/night ph 250-492-8925 xO and quote 1919LAFREN. Must be booked by June 22nd 2019.

A vegetarian option will be available, please email marketing@lafrenzwinery.comto notify us of your preference if required.