I have 3 “Bohemian” wines for you from Winemaker’s CUT in the south Okanagan to tell you about. Have you ever tried Lambrusco wine? One of the BOHO wines by Winemaker’s CUT reminds me of it. BOHO wines are a naturally made wine style that use wild an organic yeast to ferment these wines. Winemaker’s CUT makes 2 BOHO wines; a white and a red blend. They also make their Bohemian wines, which are single vineyard blends made in extremely small volumes. The wines come from their finest barrels and only are produced when the vintage is appropriate. The wines are blends of predominantly Bordeaux grape varieties. BTW, all these wines are all vegan. Let me tell you about them.
Winemaker’s CUT Boho Beat 2019 (BC $22) – a blend of Riesling, Kerner, Gewurztraminer and Viognier. It is a lighter, bright straw colour in the glass. Very aromatic. Lots of orange aroma, with a mix of lychee, grapefruit rind, green fruit, and lime with some swirling. With decanting you can add a peach aroma to the list. It is off dry with higher acidity, bigger body and even bigger flavour intensity. It starts off with pears and stone fruit flavours along with a pine needle edge but after about 10 minutes of air you get lots of tropical fruit / juicy fruit gum flavours. With decanting you get lots of oranges followed by tropical fruit and lime flavours; the stone fruits are lessened. It finishes with tart citrus, peach, and pith, and with a little air time, tropical fruit. A very flavourful, fun wine.
Rating: – A fun wine with lots of orange and tropical fruit flavours; an acidic backbone that leaves a prickle on your tongue. Drink it now or leave some for the next day. It’s all good.
Winemaker’s CUT Boho Zen 2019 (BC $26) – is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Merlot. It is medium intensity translucent ruby colour to the core. If you were a good guesser you would have said this wine reminds me of Lambrusco. Lambrusco has a very distinct aroma, which this wine has along with crush berries, red berries and a hint of sweet spice when I first tasted it. With decanting the Lambrusco like nose was minimised and you get lots of ripe red fruits and some dustiness.. It is dry with medium acidity, but has medium plus body and flavour intensity. It is round, but not silky as it has a higher level of acidity. The wine has a mix of raspberry and red cherry flavours, and add in some bandaid mid palate to the finish. The bandaid flavour I believe comes from the wild ferment, which may have some Brettanomyces. With decanting this wine tastes slightly off dry and you can add plums to the red fruit flavours. Tannins are minimal on this wine. It finishes with a stemmy/woody/bandaid and red cherry flavours. A wine sure to bring discussion amongst you and your wine geek friends.
Rating: A wine with unique wild flavours. A mix of red fruits, red cherries and raspberries, along with some stemmy/woody/bandaid flavours. Geek out.
Winemaker’s CUT Bohemian Cuvee Rouge 2018 (BC $36) – It is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Syrah. It is a deeper garnet colour with a ruby tint. It is almost opaque at the core. This wine has a medium-plus intensity nose showing ripe cassis and plums, sweet spices and light oak. With some swirling you get some toast, and a bit more swirling you get a floral aroma. With decanting the plum aroma gets stronger and the floral disappears. This wine is dry with medium-minus intensity acidity, and fine light tannins. A very silky mouthfeel that has a mineral streak. Dark fruit, ripe black cherries and plums, along with a touch of oak and sweet spices flavours. With some air, you also get some chocolate on the palate, which goes away with decanting. With decanting the wine has more of a tart black and red fruit flavour and becomes peppery toward the finish. The wine has a medium-plus length finishing with cassis and black cherry flavours and with medium tannic oak but it fades quite quickly. With decanting you get tart black fruit on the finish along with some leafiness. Overall a top quality wine. BTW, take a look at the cork that comes with this wine. It is a great example of a quality cork; a solid single piece.
Rating: A top quality red blend. No need to decant. Ripe cassis, plums and sweet spices on the nose. It has a silky mouthfeel with a mix of dark fruit, ripe black cherries and plums, and light fine tannins.