Exciting Rosé and Pinot Blanc from Okanagan Crush Pad’s Narrative Label

Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative new label

Okanagan Crush Pad’s Narrative new label

I think I found my favourite, or one of my favourite, rose wines for our COVID-19 summer, and it’s from Okanagan Crush Pad.  Their Narrative Rosé 2019, made from the Pinot Noir grape. I also tasted their Pinot Blanc and it is quite exciting.  Both recommended wines.  Thank you OCP for sending me these wines to review.  
The Narrative Rosé has a new label.  You can still see the circle, that is on the Pinot Blanc, in the bottom left corner of the label, and then a mix of designs, some reminding me of our West Coast indigenous art.  The label looks very modern.  I like it.

My Tasting Notes

Narrative Rosé 2019 (BC $19.90) – This wine was made from grapes harvested in their Summerland and Oliver vineyards. The grapes were gently destemmed with 12 hours of skin contact before lightly pressing and fermenting naturally in concrete tanks.  This wine has a lighter orangey rhubarb colour in the glass.  It has a pronounced nose, bursting with red fruit aromas, strawberries, raspberry leaf and a touch of nettles and tropical fruit.  With decanting you can add nettles to the nose.  This wine is dry with a thicker round creamy mouthfeel.  Medium acidic prickle on your tongue.  Tasty red fruits, strawberries and raspberry leaf flavours. Decanting adds some pine needle and lime flavours.  A medium-plus length finishing with strawberries, red fruits and some bitterness.  Bright flavours. An excellent wine!  Recommended for summer enjoyment.  A great price as well.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars A very enticing nose bursting with red fruits, strawberries and tropical fruits that follow to the palate.  Cream and round mouthfeel with bright acidity.
 
Pinot Blanc used to be Pinot Bland for me from BC.  Apple nose and apple flavours.  Boring.  But over the last few years BC Pinot Blanc has been super exciting. This one from Okanagan Crush Pad fits nicely into the exciting category.
 
Narrative Pinot Blanc 2018 (BC $22.90) –  This wine was whole bunch pressed to concrete tank for fermentation and full malolactic fermentation then aged for six months. It has a bright medium intensity lemon colour.  It has youthful zesty citrus flavour, together with touches of apple, apple skin, orange, peach, and some tropical fruit aromas.  It is dry and round with a fuller mouth feel and higher acidity.  The acidity leaves a prickle on your tongue but it fades by the mid palate.  The wine has mainly citrus flavours, but also some peach skin It has some steeliness to it, more evident toward the finish.  With decanting I also picked up some pear and apple flavours.  Tart citrus and a bit peppery on the finish.  Good quality.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars Zesty citrus and apple on the nose leads to a citrus primarily on the palate.  Round with a thicker mouthfeel and higher acidity that fades by the mid palate.  
 
Narrative Pinot Blanc 2018 and Rose 2018 with wine in glass

Narrative Pinot Blanc 2018 and Rose 2018 with wine in glass

Where Can I Buy These Wines?

You can order these Narrative wines online on their website. Swirl Wine Store sells Narrative wines. Everything Wine does sell some Narrative wines.  Okanagan Crush Pad’s website provides a web search for private shops and restaurants offering their wines.

 

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