THE ADVOCATE 855
VOL. 78 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2020
were fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in oak barrels for 14
months. The wine is ruby in colour and displays flavours of vibrant black
cherry, with a touch of licorice and earthy notes. At this relatively early
stage in its development, we found that the wine continued to improve in
the glass and became increasingly expressive during the course of the meal.
It has a long, satisfying and lingering finish. This wine would be a perfect
match for duck confit or pasta with a savoury Bolognese sauce.
We also enjoyed the Roche Wines Chateau 2016 ($50), a Bordeaux blend
of forty-one per cent Cabernet Franc, thirty-five per cent Cabernet Sauvignon
and twenty-four per cent Merlot. Vinified in true Bordeaux tradition,
this wine spent 18 months in barrels and has an understated quality to it
that displays nuanced dark berry fruit on the palate balanced with spicy
undertones. This is a delicious wine that can be enjoyed with bistecca alla
fiorentina or grilled rack of lamb.
The second wine of Roche in the Bordeaux style is known as “Nuances”.
The Roche Wines Nuances 2017 ($33), a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot
and Cabernet Sauvignon, is an explosion of dark red juicy fruit that delights
the palate. Open this wine about an hour before drinking to allow for the
release of its true expression, and enjoy it with a barbecued lamb burger.
When you visit Roche Wines, you should also try their delicious Rosé
($21), made from a blend of Zweigelt and Schönberger, grown on their
property, and their distinctive whites, which include Pinot Gris and a lovely
Rhone blend of Viognier and Marsanne, called Amulet ($26), made in conjunction
with Dwight Sick, winemaker at Moraine Winery.
THE SOUTH OKANAGAN
Heading south on the east side of Skaha Lake, one travels through the Skaha
Bench appellation, home to numerous wineries including Pentâge, Painted
Rock, Black Dog, and Blasted Church. Just before you get to Okanagan Falls,
you will find Echo Bay Vineyard, where vineyard manager Kelsey Rufiange,
daughter of owners Kathy and Mark Rufiange, has adopted organic and biodynamic
farming practices. In 2013, Mark and Kathy began planting vines
on an 18-acre parcel of land first purchased by Kathy’s parents in 1967.
We had the pleasure of tasting the 2016 Echo Bay “Synoptic” ($40), recognizable
by its label of a grid of hieroglyphics. This is an unfiltered red
blend composed of forty-one per cent Cabernet Franc, thirty-five per cent
Merlot, ten per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and rounded out by a bit of Carménère
and Petit Verdot. There is a whiff of black cherry cough drop and
red licorice at first; a tart, tangy mouthfeel; and, on the palate, strawberries,
blackberries and roasted beets. The softness and warmth of the Merlot dom-