714 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
It is in a lighter style with red cherry, raspberry and vanilla on the nose and
fuller flavours of plum, raspberry, red currant and cherry, with some
toasted oak and vanilla notes and a hint of spice on the medium-long finish.
You can buy it at the winery, online or at private wine stores including Marquis
Wine Cellars. It will pair well with roasted or grilled chicken or pork or
a lighter pasta dish. The winery suggests spaghetti Bolognese.
CULMINA HYPOTHESIS 2014
BC VQA Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley #852012 $45.00 (approx.)
This Left Bank style is a blend of forty-five per cent Cabernet Sauvignon,
thirty-three per cent Merlot and twenty-two per cent Cabernet Franc and
was matured for 16 months in a mix of new and old French oak barrels. It
is a deep purple-black, with rich, full aromas of black plum, black cherry
and black currant with some cigar box tobacco, vanilla and cocoa. The
flavours are again black plum, cherry and cocoa with some pencil lead, bell
pepper and green tobacco, all leading to a long, full, slightly peppery and
slightly tannic finish. It will pair well with steak or lamb or game meats (or
perhaps, as the winery suggests, a raclette with herbed potatoes and
sausage with hot mustard). It is available at the winery in person or online,
or at Everything Wine and other BC VQA and private wine stores.
WAKEFIELD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
Clare Valley, Australia #16188 $19.99
While Left Bank Bordeaux is mostly Cab Sauvignon, this is all Cab Sauvignon.
It has aromas of black cherry, black currant, plum jam, vanilla and
baking spice. The medium-dry palate is alive with ripe cherry, stewed raspberry,
cigar box and sweet oak mixed with more dark chocolate and vanilla,
leading to a long finish with smooth tannins. As the Ozzies would say, a
good “steaks on the barbie” wine.
1. British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch, “BC
Liquor Stores’ Bordeaux Release Set for September
29” (24 September 2018), online: <www.bcldb.
2. While Exodus 16:13 does make a brief reference to
frost (as a simile for manna from heaven), the
plagues of Egypt according to Exodus 7-11 are
water turning to blood, frogs, lice, flies, pestilence of
livestock, boils, a thunderstorm of hail and fire,
locusts, three days of darkness and death of the firstborn
son, all of which are perfectly good ways to
ruin a decent bottle of Bordeaux. – Ed.
3. Here are three online reviews of 2017 Bordeaux
from en primeur tastings: Antonio Galloni, “2017
Bordeaux: The Heart of the Matter”, Vinous (3 May
2018), online: <vinous.com/articles/2017-
Martin, “Vintage Seeks Home: Bordeaux 2017 In
Bottle”, Vinous (6 February 2020), online:
bordeaux-2017-in-bottle-jan-2020>; Elin McCoy,
“The Best (and Worst) Wines of the 2017 Vintage
From Bordeaux”, Bloomberg (19 April 2018),