2008 Osoyoos Larose, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

2008 Osoyoos Larose, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

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2008 Osoyoos Larose, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Description

This rich full-bodied wine features a deep intense ruby colour, and deliciously persistent aromas of ripe red raspberry, dark chocolate with toasty caramel and vanilla notes. Opulent notes of blackberry fruit, spice and pepper grace the palate with a well-rounded tannin structure and fruit-driven lingering finish. 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec.
Our first-ever wine from British Columbia, and offered to us through the Bordeaux market, which is highly appropriate since the style is unashamedly that of old-fashioned claret. This winery is the realisation of a joint venture between Vincor Canada and Taillan Group in Bordeaux. They always believed it was possible to produce top-quality grapes in this sheltered valley in British Columbia and this is the result. The grapes are planted on a mixture of sand, clay, gravel and rock and after harvesting are totally de-stemmed before being fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine then spends 20 months in French oak barrels, 60% new, before bottling. The bouquet is a blend of plum, blackcurrant and graphite; the palate shows more of the same but with crisp acidity and firm tannins added in. The wine clearly has considerable ability to age and has an appeal which will endear it to lovers of traditional claret. It is of a quality level which is unquestionably at the top level of the Cru Bourgeois classification in Bordeaux, if not higher.
Alun Griffiths MW, Wine Director
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Osoyoos Larose Winery

Osoyoos Larose Winery

The Osoyoos Larose winery is located in Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada and is a joint venture between Vincor and the big Bordeaux wine company, Groupe Taillan, whose major French property is Château Gruaud Larose.

Osoyoos Larose debuted initially with its first label, Le Grand Vin, even though the grapes for the 2001 vintage came from three and four-year-old vines. Winemaker Pascal Madevon believed he had first label quality right from the starting gate.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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