Part 2 comes after about an hour of serious tasting.
Deep Roots Winery Will Hardman, winemaker, is the 4th generation of the family to be working the property. He learned to make award winning wines in New Zealand and South Africa and now brings that expertise to his wines made in Naramata. Will was his usual funny self and was pouring an excellent Syrah. The winery describes this as a “ripe and brooding” cool climate Syrah. It begins with aromas of blueberries, blackberries and black cherry. Those carry through to the flavour, along with notes of raspberry. The wine also shows the classic gamey flavours and the hints of pepper.
Giant Head Estate Winery Christina Young was pouring Giant Head Gewürztraminer 2014. The 15% Riesling gives the wine has bright acidity to complement the aromas and flavours of guava, pear and lychee. The finish is very dry. An excellent white. The Pinot Noir was medium bodied, lots of cherry and good value for $30.
Lariana Cellars Just a brief visit to try the 2014 Viognier with notes of apricot and green apple and a 2012 red blend “TWELVE”(53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 21% Merlot and 1% Carmenère. Dark in colour, I could pick up the chocolate and spice flavours. Lariana produces less than 1000 cases.
Marichel Vineyard is a small artisan winery on the Naramata Bench owned by Richard Roskell, who’s also the winemaker. I had the opportunity to sample their Syrah which is a very good wine from a cool vintage. They produce 1200-1500 cases per year.
Nagging Doubt is a small artisan winery located in South East Kelowna. Rob Westbury was pouring Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and red blend–The Pull. The lightly oaked chardonnay was excellent. The Pinot Noir was exception with a gorgeous violet nose and the red blend was extremely smooth. The Pull is 40+% Merlot and was cropped at about 5 tons per acre but the grapes were hand sorted to provide very soft, enjoyable tannins with nice acidity.
NightHawk Vineyard just opened their doors on Green Lake, near Okanagan Falls. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to sample their tiny case lot Pinot Gris, Viognier, Gewurztramer, Merlot, Cab-Sauv, or Syrah – none of their wines over 112 cases.
Riverstone Estate Winery is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery near Oliver. Ted and Lorraine Kane were pouring their two Bordeaux blends and the white Splash. I only had a chance to try Splash which is a very enjoyable Blend of Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer with tropical aromas and flavours.
Roche Wines Dylan Roche was pouring their Pinot Noir and Rose. The Pinot and Rose were both classic Burgundy style wines.
My apologies to the other winemakers I missed. So much wine, so little time.