Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2017 Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc - 91pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2017 Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
Details at www.winemakerscut.ca 
Cost: $25 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%

Production: 180 cases
Date Tasted: July 13th, 2018

Tasting Notes: An excellent, elegant, yet, bracing (in a happy, mouth-watering way) Sauvignon Blanc from a single-vineyard in Oliver with a pleasantly pungent and citrusy nose and a crisp, off-dry palate of apple-pear-lemon flavours that finishes long and dry with a touch of lingering mineral and spice.
 Drink now-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2016 Winemaker's Cut Syrah - 88-89pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2016 Winemaker's Cut Syrah (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Details at www.winemakerscut.ca 
Cost: $32 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%

Production: 260 cases
Date Tasted: July 11th, 2018


Tasting Notes: A savoury, peppery Syrah with herb and bell pepper notes on the black cherry scented nose and the prickly, cherry-cola and toasted oak infused palate where layers of fresh and ancient spices linger on the finish. 
Needs another 6 months to settle and integrate in the bottle prior to opening. Drink 2019-2023.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Moon Curser Vineyards 2016 Syrah - 90pts

Moon Curser Vineyards 2016 Syrah (Osoyoos East Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC 

Availability: Direct from the winery here 
Cost: $25.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.8%

Production: 924 cases
Date Tasted: July 4th, 2018

Tasting Notes: Opening with a violet, blackberry and pepper infused nose, this Syrah/Shiraz is Okanagan meets Australia, in style, with a touch of residual sugar on the rounded, glycerol heavy palate where seemingly competing flavours of black cherry and black pepper successfully coexist. Structure is sound with good acidity and mannered tannins, sourced from the Bartsch Vineyard on the East Bench of Osoyoos.


Sealed with a Stelvin cap enclosure to preserve the fruit components through the life of the wine which could easily be 6-7 years. Drink now-2022.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

River Stone Estate Winery 2017 Malbec Rosé - 89pts

River Stone Estate Winery 2017 Malbec Rosé (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here
Cost: $22.90 (including tax)
Alcohol: 13%

Production: 358 cases
Date Tasted: July 10th, 2018

Tasting Notes: The Province's only Malbec 
rosé is a bright and cheerful, cherry-coral hue with youthful bouquet of sweet and savoury aromas of strawberry, raspberry, herbs and minerals. The strawberry-pomegranate flavoured palate offers a refreshing, vibrant mouthfeel with plenty of rhubarb acidity to nicely offset the off-dry level of residual sugar (10.8g/l). The finish is fairly dry and long with a lingering vein of minerality, a whisp of dried cranberry and a kiss of spice. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2017 Oldfield Reserve Rosé - 90pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2017 Oldfield Reserve Rosé (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $21.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%

Production: 1121 cases
Date Tasted: July 8th, 2018

Tasting Notes: This delicious, orange-salmon hued 
rosé is produced from Cabernet Franc grapes sourced from the winery's Diamondback Vineyard along the Black Sage Bench and showcases a gentle, yet, powerful medley of peach skin, huckleberry, newly-picked herbs and rhubard aromas and flavours. Vinified to an off-dry level of residual sugar, the overall balance is spot-on with plenty of delicate, white peach acidity to off-set the sweetness making this garden-fresh blush perfect for a hot patio. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca