Tasting notes from Kelowna’s Fab Five – East Kelowna Wineries

by tangoadmin August 14th, 2012, 4:35 pm

By: Helene Scott

Vibrant Vines       Chardonnay2011 $25

This straw coloured wine was barrel fermented in a combination of older and new French oak barrels, aged sur lie for three months and stirred daily. It underwent malolactic fermentation that adds to the rich mouthfeel. The oak is soft and integrated and the wine finishes with citrus and apple flavours.

Winemaker Tony Lewis recommends this delicate Chardonnay with oysters.

Live music on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. Picnic baskets are available for purchase or bring your own.

Spierhead Winery     Pinot Noir 2010 $18

This is Spierhead’s first release of Pinot Noir. Three different clones of pinot noir were used, all fermented separately and aged in French oak barrels. A light bodied, voluptuous wine with soft tannins and flavours of dark cherries, forest floor and vanilla spice. Serve slightly chilled on a hot summer day.

Camelot Vineyards     Merlot 2009 $25

A mellow, smooth and easy drinking light to medium bodied wine. The nose and palate have cherries, plum and liquorice. Eighteen months in French and American barrels adds some soft tannin and complexity. It is well balanced and will pair well with barbecues or vegetarian chilli.

Come and enjoy the Medieval Fair on August 25 from 11-4pm.

House of Rose Winery      Hot Flash 2011 $19

A wine to celebrate that wild and wonderful phase of life! Lighter style red blend of syrah and marechal foch that is soft and fruity – a great sipper. Brooke Shields ordered this wine to give as gifts during the filming of her movie, The Hot Flash.

Great picnic area – bring your own or pick up something delicious in the wine shop.

The View Winery (Helene’s pick)

Distraction Frizzante 2011 $19

A lightly effervescent rose that is the perfect summer sipping wine. A blend of riesling, gewurtztraminer and pinotage, made in an off-dry style, yet refreshing and crisp.  Aromas of cherries, strawberries and pink grapefruit tantalize the palate. Enjoy with something naughty or nice – guaranteed to put a twinkle in your eye!

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