Fairview 2016 Goats Do Roam - 86pts

Fairview 2016 Goats Do Roam (W.O. Western Cape) South Africa

Availability: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $15.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: June 16th, 2018

Tasting Notes: This blend of 66% Shiraz, 20% Mouvedre, 8% Grenache, 5% Carignan and 1% Petite Sirah opens with a beautiful nose of ripe berries, dark cherries, incense, iron, Christmas spice, rhubarb and nut aromas. This is followed by a smooth-tannin, slightly 'hot' palate with a hint of sweetness beneath the concentrated red fruit, smokey oak and spice flavours. Spice and a touch of bitter, charred oak notes linger on the moderate finish. Ready to go now.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Cellar Hand Red - 89pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Cellar Hand Red (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores and direct from the winery here
Cost: $24.90 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.2%
Date Tasted: June 13th, 2018

@blackhillswine

Tasting Notes: Sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next dinner party, this blend of 67% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere and 6% Syrah is a social-friendly wine with ripe, red and dark berry notes on the engaging nose and the slightly off-dry palate and warmed by nicely integrated 
layers of spice, alcohol and soft, silky tannins.

A drink-now vintage of the Baby Bene. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

The Grape Grinder 2016 Blue Moose - 85pts

The Grape Grinder 2016 Blue Moose (W.O Swartland) South Africa

Availability: Private wine stores
Cost: $13.99 +taxes
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: June 8th, 2018

Tasting Notes: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from Swartland vineyards, the Blue Moose combines ripe berry fruit aromas and flavours with touches of rustic earthy notes, spice and oak. A solid combination, though, finished with too much residual sugar and short on length. 
Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Carmenere - 91pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Carmenere (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Limited. Wine club members only. Details here
Cost: $59.90 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.1%
Date Tasted: June 7th, 2018

@blackhillswine

Tasting Notes: Carmenere, in the hands of Black Hills, is consistently an intriguing mix of perfumed femininity and earthy masculinity. The nose and palate appear, simultaneously, both at odds with one another and intuitively linear. There is a rawness and power to the spicy, earthy palate and a seductive, femme fetale quality to the sweet berries'n'veg scented nose. You wouldn't expect the combination to work, but it does and this unlikely pairing is one of the reasons this wine is so beloved by the winery's wine club members (the wine's sole patrons). Ready to go now or hold for 2-3 mores years. 
Drink 2018-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca 

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Roussanne - 88pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Roussanne (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $29.90 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.9%
Date Tasted: June 6th, 2018

@blackhillswine

Tasting Notes: A textural experience, this youthful Roussanne weaves layers of tangy citrus, prickly ginger and plump stone fruit 
together with a flood of mannered spice into an intriguing, dry, Summer sipper with a well-balanced, though, slightly short finish. Ready to go now. Drink 2018-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca