I have two new fresh Spring and Summer wines for you from Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery in West Kelowna. Their 2020 Rosé and Pinot Gris are made for sitting on the patio and enjoying food and friendship. In 2020, following 20 years of running from a modest tasting room, they opened the doors to a brand-new luxurious wine experience centre. The 15,000 square-foot building features a dining lounge, tasting room and multiple private event facilities with some of the best views in the valley. Unfortunately, COVID kept most of us at home, so were not able to enjoy this new wine experience centre. I hope to be able to make it out to see Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery this summer.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2020 (BC $21.99)
Their Pinot Gris was planted in 1997 at the Lazy River Vineyard in South Cawston, Similkameen Valley. The wine was cool-fermented in stainless steel with some fermented on the skins.
Appearance: A pale light peach skin colour.
Nose: A light intensity nose with peaches mainly, together with touches of floral, mint and citrus. With decanting there was a significant pear aroma, along with the other mentioned aromas.
Palate: Slightly off-dry with a bigger, smooth, soft and round mouthfeel. Peach mainly on the palate with lesser citrus and citrus rind flavours. A very noticeable mineral component. The mouthfeel does lighten up on the mid-palate. You get ripe stone fruit, pears in particular, and some tropical fruit flavours with decanting. The wine still is round, smooth and mineral and has citrus in the background.
Finish: A medium plus length finishing with mouthwatering acidity, peach flavour and medium intensity pepperiness.
You can enjoy this wine open first opening, and then casually whether you finish it later that day or the next day.
Rating: A bigger Pinot Gris that has bright peach aromas and flavours upon opening, and more ripe stone fruit aromas and flavours with decanting. It is slightly off-dry with a mineral streak and some pepperiness on the finish.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Rosé 2020 (BC $22.99)
A field blend of grapes went into this wine. I checked with the winemaker, Jeff Hundertmark, and he advised me that the blend is Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer from their home vineyard. I would have never guessed the blend. Thanks, Jeff for letting us know. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks after soaking on the skins for 18 hours and spontaneously fermented from indigenous yeasts.
Appearance: A pretty medium intensity rose petal and rhubarb colour.
Nose: A lighter intensity nose with red fruit primarily and touches of rhubarb, candied cherries, and sweet spices. The aromas are a little lighter after decanting.
Palate: Slightly off-dry with medium-plus body and flavour intensity. Round mouthfeel with some acidic prickle. A mix of red fruit, strawberries, and sweet red cherries, along with a touch of minerality. Acid tension keeps the fruit flavours bright. Same flavours with decanting, with a softer mouthfeel.
Finish: A medium length, finishing dry with red fruit, a touch of bramble leaf and light pepperiness.
A fun, fresh Rosé.
Rating: Fresh red fruit aromas. Red fruits, strawberries and light minerality on the palate and bright acidity.
Have you ever wondered what an earlier vintage of some wines you enjoyed tasted like? A year ago I tasted the 2019 versions of these wines. There are some similarities and differences between the wines. You can read my 2019 review here.