La Frenz Winery 2008 Montage - 90+pts
Availability: Direct from winery here
Date Tasted: September 1st, 2010
Tasting Notes: If I were to sum-up the 2008 Montage with one sentence it would be "intense, balanced, complex and oh-so appealing". A perennial favourite of IconWines.ca due to its value for money. Yes, the price went from $20 to $22 for the 2008 vintage, but you get a lot of wine for that $22. If I were forced to buy one case of red wine each year (luckily I'm not) this would be the wine.
A blend of Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on their Rattlesnake vineyard, this wine has intense aromas of dark cherry, dark berries and licorice on the nose with light pepper notes. The dry, full-bodied palate offers concentrated flavours of blackberry, oak, warm gravel, cassis and plum with fine tannins and a chalky, lively texture. The finish is long and balanced with lingering oak spice and a slight tartness.
The Montage is always released ready to be enjoyed but further development can be expected with patient cellaring. Drink 2010-2014. http://www.lafrenzwinery.com/
- Liam Carrier