I have been a fan of Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery‘s wines for many years. I still have a bottle of their 2003 Summit Reserve Semillon I purchased at the winery that I hope to open this year with friends. On my recent trip to Kelowna, I messaged their winemaker, Jeff Hundertmark, to see if I could meet with him. Not knowing if the grape harvest was underway yet for them. Luckily the harvest was a few days after my visit, so I had a great time talking with Jeff about his recent vintages and insights into the wines he made. I have not been to the winery since the tasting room was newly built. It is probably the most beautiful tasting room I’ve seen in the Okanagan. Everything is open and bright. Visit if you have a chance.
Below is a list of the wines that I really enjoyed tasting alongside Jeff. They are shorter than my longer tasting notes that I do at home but should give you the essential info on the aromas and flavours of these wines. I also do not know how long each bottle has been open, which can impact the intensity and range of aromas and flavours of a wine. Overall, Jeff’s wines are exceptionally tasty. Enjoy.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Riesling 2021 (BC$24.99) – Nice floral, green fruit, mint, and stone fruit aromas. Medium-body, off-dry, light-bodied, and medium acidity. Tasty stone fruit flavours.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Modest Wines la graves robber 2021 (BC$27.99) – with a nod to Bordeaux this white wine is a blend of 57% Sauvignon Blanc and 43% Semillon. It has a medium-intensity nose with green fruit and pine needle scents. Medium-plus body, smooth, but has a higher level of acidity. Juicy fruit, citrus, green fruit, oranges, and honey flavours on the palate.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Original Vines Chardonnay 2021 (BC$39.99) – with grapes coming from the Okanagan Falls area. The grapes were picked on two separate dates. The grapes from the first pick went into stainless steel tanks to ferment, while the second pick grapes were fermented in neutral oak over 4-5 months and underwent malolactic fermentation. The two wines were then blended. It has a medium lemon colour. Nice light vanilla and apple aromas. Medium-plus body smooth with a thicker buttery texture. Ripe apples, caramel and a touch of sweet spices. A balanced wine.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2021 (BC$29.99) – the grapes come from the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. The wine is aged for 8 months in new French oak barrels. More toasty aromas on the nose, plus apple. Medium-plus body, thick and round with a buttery mouthfeel. Caramel and apples on the palate along with a touch of oak. Medium-plus length.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2021 (BC$24.99) – the grapes coming from the Similkameen Valley. It has a light clear garnet colour. Light aromas of red fruit and tea leaves. Medium-plus body, dry and round. Viscous mouthfeel. Medium-plus acidity. Floral, red cherries and touches of sweet spices and candied cherries on the palate. Light tannins. Some bitterness on the finish.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Modest Wines by Jove 2020 (BC$29.99) – made primarily from the Sangiovese grape with 5% Merlot and Cabernet Franc blended in. Aged in Hungarian and American oak barrels. It has light aromas of cinnamon red fruit and capsicum. Medium body, dry, with a roundish mouthfeel. Medium intensity acidity and tannins. Red fruit, floral, candied red fruit and a touch of black fruit flavours. medium length. Tannins firm up on the finish.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Reserve Merlot 2020 (BC$34.99) – the grapes coming from Okanagan Falls, the Golden Mile Bench, and South Cawston in the Similkameen Valley. The wine was aged in French oak, 25% new barrels, for 13 months. A deeper garnet colour. Light aromas, red and black fruit. Medium body, soft and round with light tannins and a firmer acidic backbone. Sweet red ripe cherries, black fruit flavours. Medium length. Firmer tannins with a grippy finish.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Reserve Syrah 2019 (BC$44.99) – grapes come from the South Okanagan and the Similkameen valleys. 15 months of French and American oak ageing, with 25% new barrels. Medium garnet coloured. Light meaty, black pepper, sweet red and black fruit aromas. Medium body, smooth, but not quite mouth-filling. Cranberries, black and red cherries, and vanilla, plus touches of toast, leather and minerality. Sweet spices on the finish. Delicious!
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery SUMMIT 2018 (BC$59.99) – A blend of Merlot 51%, Malbec 6%, Cabernet Franc 21%, Cabernet Sauvignon 19%, and Syrah 3%. The grapes come from their premium blocks from Okanagan and Similkameen vineyards – Lost Horn, South Rock and Lazy River. A medium dusty garnet colour. A mix of tarry, stewed fruit, and dark fruit aromas. Dry, roundish, with medium body, acidity and tannins. Mineral, candied red fruit flavours, along with touches of sweet spices, floral and chocolate toward the finish. Fine tannins.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Contessa 2018 (BC$88.88) – this is the first time I tried this wine. It is a blend of the best barrels of their Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Malbec, with the blended wine ageing for 2 years in oak barrels. It has a deeper, dull garnet colour. Light smoky aroma, plus black fruits. Dry, medium-body, with medium-plus acidity, and lean mouthfeel. Red fruits and crunchy berries flavours, along with touches of sweet spices and capsicum. Some black pepper on the mid-palate. Medium length. –