People around the world celebrate the Malbec grape varietal, and Malbec World Day this year fell on April 17. In support of this auspicious occasion, River Stone released the much-anticipated 2017 Malbec Rosé and the 2016 single varietal, single vineyard Malbec.

River Stone has grown the red Bordeaux grape varietals since 2003 and been making both single varietal wines and two Bordeaux-style red blends (Corner Stone & Stones Throw) since 2009.

The word Malbec generates interest merely by the mention of its name. A rosé wine made from Malbec is still a rare find in North America, and can be found more commonly in France, Argentina and Chile. River Stone’s Malbec Rosé has a rich, deep pink colour, a bold aromatic nose suggestive of raspberry and strawberry, and a medium body with a long savoury finish. The wine has a touch of sweetness, giving an inviting juicy dryness upon sampling. Only 350 cases are produced annually.

River Stone’s single varietal, single vineyard Malbec has also become wildly popular. Inky dark purple and richly textured with bold dark fruit flavours, it has a hint of spice and earth. Only 90 cases were produced, so best to get in quick as it sells out fast.

River Stone owners Ted and Lorraine Kane moved to Oliver in 2002 after purchasing 10 acres of land in 2001. Ted says Oliver is like the centre of the Canadian grape growing universe.

Looking for white wines? River Stone also produces some notable whites. Their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded Best of Class in the 2018 Savor North West Wine Awards.

River Stone is open daily for the season from 11 am to 6 pm and invites everyone to come and enjoy a glass or share a bottle of award-winning wine in the beautiful South Okanagan on the patio/picnic area overlooking the vineyards. Bring your lunch or a light snack and your friends too.