I’ve really enjoyed tasting Nostalgia Wines made by Gina Fernandes Harfman. I still had one bottle left from the flight that was sent to me. It is their Nostalgia Wines Family Collection Meritage 2018, a blend dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In a vintage where a wine reveals itself as most special, and highest quality, Gina assigns this wine to her Family Collection tier.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Nostalgia Wines Family Collection Meritage 2018 (BC $37.99)
A blend of 51% Merlot (Home Vineyard, Oliver), 21% Cabernet Sauvignon (Harfman Vineyard, Osoyoos), 14% Cabernet Franc (Farinha Vineyard, Osoyoos), 11% Malbec (Gablemann Vineyard, Oliver), and 3% Petit Verdot (Harfman Vineyard, Osoyoos). This wine is aged in oak barriques for 15 months. Both French and American oak barrels used. Only 196 cases are made.
Appearance: A very deep vivid ruby colour.
Nose: Pronounced youthful nose with aromas of blackberries and other ripe berries, sweet spices, oak, plums, and touches of cocoa and floral with swirling. These aromas persist with decanting.
Palate: Dry, but quite fruity giving an impression of off-dry sweetness. Semi-round to start with a light thin mouthfeel, but gets thicker and rounder with swirling. A mix of blackberries, black fruit, raspberries, red cherries, plums, vanilla and oak flavours, plus some pepperiness and capsicum on the mid-palate. I also picked up a hint of floral with swirling. Similar thin mouthfeel to start after decanting but then gets rounder. The acidity and tannins are stronger after decanting. More black fruit, blackberries, and black pepper flavours, plus a touch of floral and sweet spices. Not as plummy or any raspberries.
Finish: Medium length finishing dry with medium tannins. Ripe berries and cherries, cloves, oak and light pepperiness. More tart and dry finish with decanting, and mainly black fruit flavours, along with oak and pepperiness.
I prefer the undecanted version as there was a wider range of aromas and flavours, and the acidity and tannins are a bit softer.
Rating: – undecanted. A deep vivid ruby colour. Pronounced nose with blackberries and other ripe berries, sweet spices and touches of cocoa and floral aromas. Dry, semi-round with a lighter mouthfeel. Quite fruity. Blackberries, red cherries and sweet spices. Pepperiness and some capsicum and floral on the mid-palate.
Where Can I Buy This Wine?
You can buy this wine from the Nostalgia Wines website.