My last wine to taste from Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery is their 2018 Landing Road Red Blend from the Okanagan Valley. It is made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes; a Bordeaux blend. I have been mentioning their labels in my previous articles and this one is titled “Landing Road”. According to the winery, “Landing Road was the main artery that lead to the river and Lehman’s landing – an essential wharf that aided with the commerce and trade in the growing community back in the early 1900’s. Today, this scenic road is now a trail that wanders through the Fraser Valley’s stunning wine country.”
With BC COVID restrictions being lessened starting June 15, why not walk this now scenic trail and then visit Seaside Pearl?
My Wine Tasting Notes
Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery Landing Road Red Blend 2018 (BC $28)
200 cases produced.
Appearance: Clear with a medium intensity garnet colour. Uniform colour from rim to core.
Nose: A medium intensity nose with nutmeg and clove spices, red fruits, red plums, blackberries, and a touch of toastiness. Same aromas with decanting, but you can add raspberries and a touch of smokiness.
Palate: This wine is dry with a lighter mouthfeel. It starts off being linear but gets rounder with air. Raspberries, red fruits, tart red cherries, sweet spices, pepperiness, and a touch of vanilla. Bright fruit flavours. The tannins are not detectable. An acid-driven red wine. With decanting the tannins become more noticeable. The wine is rounder. You get additional touches of capsicum and chocolate on the palate.
Finish: A medium length finishing with red fruit, vanilla and other sweet spices, toastiness, and pepperiness. Medium drying tannins on the finish plus red cherries, in addition to previously mentioned finish components.
I think a short decant will give you a bit better sip, but decant or not, this is a nice juicy red wine. This wine worked well with a grilled striploin steak I cooked. I liked the Raspberry, red fruit, sweet spices and nervy acidity of the freshly opened bottle as it paired with the savoury flavours, marbled fat, and the soft texture of the steak.
Rating: – Bright red fruit and sweet spices on the nose and palate. It is dry with a light mouthfeel. Gets rounder with air, more aromas and flavours, and tannins get stronger with a decant.
Where Can I Buy This Wine?
You can purchase their wines online via their website.
Thank you to Seaside Pearl for providing me with this wine to review. Seaside Pearl is a small production winery with cases varying between 50-200, so if you want their wines, you should not hesitate to purchase them as they should sell out quickly with the quality I have experienced reviewing them.