- Silver - 2010 All Canadian Wines Championship
- Silver - 2010 Canadian Wine Awards
- Silver - 2011 Canadian Wine Awards
Malbec is typically an Argentinian or south of France grape, but the climate of the Okanagan is proving that Malbec have found a new home. The grapes were harvested in the last week of October from the Golden Mile Bench. The 2008 growing season was cool by Okanagan standards which meant more time on the vine for the grapes. The cooler temperatures and prolonged harvest lead to more generous fruit flavors that were beautifully preserved
2008 MALBEC has a rich, dark, luscious black-ruby colour. Nice, strongly balanced aromas of blackberry, cherry and spice with underlying tones of gameness and floral hints. Nice round tannins with subtle hints of tobacco and vanilla with a nice mineral finish.
- Release Date: October 2010
- Price: $29
- Sweetness Code: 00
- Production: only 174 cases
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Pairs well with barbecued pork, marinated leg of lamb, roast beef, prime rib, peppercorn steaks, chorizo, mild and strong cheeses.
The grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed into open-top fermentation tanks. Temperature control during the fermentation, extended skin contact and Pneumatage twice a day give this wine rich colour and extraction with great complexity and balance. The wine was aged for 14 months in new and 2 year old barrels, 70% French and 30% American. Blending begins two months prior to bottling. The wine will continue to improve with careful cellaring for 5 to 8 years.