Say hello to spring at family-owned and -operated Four Shadows Vineyard and Winery, minutes from downtown Penticton. Owners Joka and Wilbert Borren ensure the tasting room is a fun and down-to-earth extension of their home.
Amicable Atmosphere, Wonderful Wines
The beautiful fruit grown on the 17-acre site was sold to other wineries until 2018 when the Borrens decided to produce their own wine. They continue to consult with Pascal Madevon. His fine palate is engaged in decision-making as the process migrates on-site with Wilbert as lead winemaker.
Known for flagship Rieslings, Four Shadows scored high points and amassed medals for its distinctive wines. Riesling is released in classic, dry and sparkling. Plus, you’ll find Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Rosé, and now, Zweigelt and Merlot Reserve.
“We are excited to release our 2019 Merlot Reserve,” Joka said. “Narrowing down from our 16 barrels of Merlot, we engaged our staff to taste five barrels along with Pascal. The top two barrels were blended as a reserve and aged in French oak.”
With red fruits and berries on the nose, the bright, full-bodied Merlot Reserve presents dried plum, raspberry, a hint of smokiness and chocolate on the palate. This wine received Gold from the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards 2021.
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