They say that wine is all about character, and that you can tell so much about what is in the bottle by the place it comes from – the “terroir”. The personality of the wine reflects the people who grow the grapes and make the wine too and the wines at Mt Boucherie Family Estate are outgoing, balanced and elegant. 

(Photo: L-R: Nirmal, Pinki & Kal Gidda with Winemaker Jim Faulkner)

Kal and Nirmal Gidda have been growing grapes in the Okanagan since 1968. They have a relaxed attitude towards their harvest that comes from experience and Winemaker Jim Faulkner and his team carry that same sense of calm into the cellar. The grapes are left to hang on the vines to develop flavours. The wines are produced with as little manipulation as possible. Jim says, “Often the best thing is to do nothing”. Wines are released when they best show their potential, and in the bottle, they show the calm confidence exuded by the team. These are quality wines of good value.

Mt Boucherie has a large portfolio of varietals; something to please every palate. The Mt Boucherie series of wines with a white label and Stelvin closure are great value for the price and solid quality. The Family Reserve wines with earth-toned labels and a cork are the premium offerings from the Estate and are only produced in vintages that are deserving of this rank.

Fans of Mt Boucherie wines will be pleased to hear that the production of Gewürztraminer is increasing to make it more available outside B.C.  More news, there will be Petit Verdot and Malbec added to their Summit blend, further increasing its complexity.

New releases over the winter include:

2009 Reserve Pinot Noir – $29.90  

This is a wine that can be decanted, it has such intensity. Dark cherry flavours mingle with soft vanilla undertones, followed by an earthy and aromatic finish. Mushroom dishes would pair well.

 

2009 Cabernet Franc – $34.90  

This Classic Cab Franc has character with raspberry and red currant fruit balanced by tomato leaf and tobacco. Smooth tannins. Think pulled pork!

 

2008 Syrah $24.90

The intensely ripe fruit from the Cawston vineyard is evident in the dark violet colour and wild berry flavours in this wine; the balance of acid and fruit offers complexity – and great value. Pair with lamb or Sunday roast.

 

Mt Boucherie is open daily through the winter from 11 am till 5 pm. Online orders are also available www.mtboucheriewinery.com

 

~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise

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