We're using unique categories for this mid-year celebration for a clear distinction to our annual (official) wine awards that come out in December.
The now defunct Soaring Eagle Estate Winery was a relatively insular properly and easy to ignore when driving between more prominent and press-engaged wineries on the Naramata Bench. A stylistic re-birth has taken place using the winery's address along Naramata Rd as inspiration. Expect Bench 1775 to actively woo your patronage as it positions itself to be the next must-visit winery on the bench.
A fun, off-dry blend of (mostly) Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc offering loads of tropical fruit and mineral characters with Summer-friendly low-alcohol.
Best Spring Release for Summer Sipping
Even Sauvignon Blanc blended with only minuscule amounts of Sémillon (like Fairview Cellars', another perennial favourite) benefits from the added candied fruit and sweet honeydew complexity which compliment the raw citrus and grassy twang of Sauvignon Blanc perfectly.
Best Cellar Dweller
First tasted in September 2011 and then re-tasted again in May 2013, the 2009 Maximus is a delightful wine that shows that BC wines can age when consideration has been made to how the wine has been enclosed; cork or screw cap VS. synthetics.
Most Promising Preview
Not yet released. The 2010 sees 39% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon blended to produce an aromatic nose of dark berries, violets, mint, licorice, cedar and dark chocolate aromas while the dry palate charms with intense dark fruit puree flavours supported by fine tannins, mouth-watering acidity, warm earth and toasted oak notes.
Just released. Tasted at an April event where a proud proprietor (@SimplyPinot) was happy to explain the wine's unexpected origin due to a fortuitous forklift accident producing a blend of 49% Tempranillo, 43% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Just 55 cases exist of this gorgeous wine with loads of character and depth. Was recently awarded a 2013 Lieutenant Governor Award.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013 IconWines.ca