6 April 2020
The much anticipated 2020 Spring wine Release
We are ecstatic to be releasing such a superb portfolio of red and white wines.
For the first time, we delayed releasing our 2017 red wines by a full six months to coincide with our spring white releases. This gives these wines more time to integrate in barrel and develop in bottle before release, the results are simply superb.
These are massively concentrated red wines showing beautiful varietal correctness with endless layers of complexity that will have wine buffs talking about them for years to come. Our experienced vineyard team did an impeccable job managing the deficit irrigation and super low cropping levels to produce grapes of the benchmark quality we are known for.
The 2019 white wines are jam packed with beautiful cool climate fruit characters, made as always in the styles we have perfected over the past 20 years.
Like every grape growing region in the world, the Okanagan growing seasons present subtle differences, so achieving excellence is always a moving target, the French talk of terroir, Australians call it vineyard management. Throughout September and October 2019 our temperatures were lower than normal which presented problems for some sectors of the industry. However, 2019 was an excellent year for us, one to be thankful of the benefits of growing 95% of your own grapes by an expert team with over 40 years of actual experience, farming in the Okanagan.
At LAFRENZ our focus has always been about authenticity and quality, producing wines Canadians can be proud of serving that can stand alongside their counterparts from anywhere in the world. This release represents a great opportunity to support local with the added bonus of truly excellent value.
To the discerning wine club members and customers who have already been preordering online during these trying times, we thank you wholeheartedly for your loyal support.
Until further notice we are unable to offer tastings at the wine shop, but we are open for orders and pick-up with delivery to your car, no contact neccessary.
Please call 250-492-6690 x3 to place an order and arrange a pick up time.
For online orders visit www.lafrenzwinery.com, and don't forget, in these unusual times, for a limited time only, we are offering free shipping on orders of 6 bottles or more.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc: We hand harvested over three separate ripeness levels in an effort to capture the full spectrum of what this variety can produce. The result is a vibrant fresh, crisp style brimming with fragrant passionfruit, kiwi and herbal notes. The palate is a zingy kaleidoscope of herbal fruits with excellent weight and endless intensity. Consistently one of the most awarded in the Pacific NW.
2019 Semillon: The grapes used for this wine were planted in the early 80’s representing some of the oldest in the valley. The aroma is reminiscent of homemade lemonade and freshly cut grapefruit with this vintage having alluring hints of tropical Muscadet. We fermented a portion in French concrete eggs for added richness and texture. An excellent Semillon, beautiful in its youth but capable of developing for up to 5-10 years for added complexities. A perennial favourite.
2019 Riesling 21B: This is a very precise and linear drier style Riesling showing excellent citrus, floral and lime notes. The palate has excellent fruit, structure and intensity to develop beautifully for many years. Our 2016 release which was the first release of this style, is drinking superbly now, showcasing the potential of aged Riesling.
2019 Riesling 49: This is from our warmer Rockyfeller vineyard and fermented to an off dry style, loaded with wildflowers, rich honey and lime over an intense luscious palate. Aficionados the world over can’t decide whether dry or off dry is best. We believe why stress, they both legitimately showcase what the variety can do and why the Okanagan is fast becoming renowned for this variety.
2019 Chardonnay: A portion of this wine was gently cool fermented to retain melon, pears and stone fruits. The remainder was fermented in French barrels and followed by resting on its own yeast lees to produce a round and richly textured wine with underlying complexities of roasted nuts and crème brulêé .
2019 Viognier: This is an intriguing Rhone variety that is reluctant to show its best until fully ripened. With an alcohol more akin to a red wine (14.1% ) this is a warm, full bodied, opulent white wine of great viscosity. It is extremely aromatic displaying banana, overripe peach and grilled nectarines with typical hints of anisette. In a word “delicious”.
2019 Alexandria: Chill this wine and order in some of your favorite Thai food for the perfect evening. I can’t help but use the analogy “Gewurztraminer on steroids!!” in describing this wine, it is just so full of aromatic tropical fruits, lychee and musk flavours. This release is elegant in style yet luscious, and as pretty as a picture. A wonderfully made blend of Muscat varieties.
2019 Unoaked Chardonnay: We chose to make this wine to highlight the aromatic fruitiness of this variety. Our Clone 548 block (planted exclusively with vines imported from Dijon) was selected for its low yields, small berries and inherent concentration. The aroma shows perfumed Frangipani and stone fruits with a hint of citrus oil. The palate is incredibly rich with melon, brioche, thyme butter and underlying hints of slate. In an effort to build richness without compromising the fruitiness, the wine underwent a slow 8 week fermentation in French concrete eggs and a further 2 months resting on its yeast lees.
2019 Pinot Noir Rosé: Our elegant and perfumed Limited Edition Rosé Pinot Noir is a beautiful salmon pink colour with aromas of strawberry cream tart, pomegranate and rose water. On the palate, you will discover layers of flavours and richness from watermelon, strawberry and rhubarb pie, raspberry and slate.
2018 Desperation Hill Pinot Noir: Another great Pinot from this renowned vineyard. A dark garnet red indicative its of low cropping and concentration. The aroma is perfumed, candied red fruits with supporting layers of wet earth, forest floor, chanterelles and hints of bacon from the classy French oak. The palate is very dense and structured for a Pinot indicating drinkability now but its best is yet to come. Get out a Burgundy glass and savor this wine.
2017 Syrah: A fully ripened Syrah at 14.7% was co-fermented with 5% Viognier for added perfume. This wine has the most alluring complex aromas, that almost defy description. Superb dark fruits, chocolate coated blueberries and violets overlaid with complex brambles. A powerful wine but with great finesse and complexity. A world class Syrah by any measure and an absolute bargain!!.
2017 Malbec: Our benchmark Malbecs have always been the reserve wines from Argentina and this would fit right in, an excellent wine. We literally halved the cropping level to produce a super ripe Malbec loaded with dark fruits, bramble with hints of pepper overlaid with excellent cigar box influences from extended time in French oak. A big, rich, round wine that screams to be paired with charred Argentinian style Asada.
2017 Merlot: Literally black in color with an alcohol level of 15% this wine displays an intensity rarely achieved with this variety. This wine immediately reminds me of the classic Merlot wines from Howell Mountain, Napa. It displays highly aromatic layers of ripe plums, cassis and mocha with complexing bramble and dark earth tones. A mouth filling, opulent and plush palate now, but with a superb tannin structure that could see this wine developing comfortably over the next decade.
2017 Cabernets: This is a Meritage or Bordeaux style blend of 71% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Malbec all from our Rockyfeller vineyard. This vineyard is approaching 15 years old and the Cabernet Franc has been so exceptional we decided to release a wine showcasing what this variety can produce when fully ripened. Cabernet Franc always has seductive, highly aromatic layers of black currant cassis, aromatic menthol, leather and eucalyptus. The palate is structured with fine grained tannins but with a suppleness and finesse that is the hallmark of this variety.
Some truly wonderful wines to treat yourself and friends, shipped free of charge for a limited time only (on orders of 6 bottles or more), straight to your door, or contact the winery on 250-492-6690 x3 to arrange for pick-up.
Stay safe and enjoy.
LA FRENZ Winery
ph: 250-492-6690 x2
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