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2013 Syrah

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.76 | Titratable acidity: 6.44 g/L

Tasting Notes:

Delicate and elegant, the 2013 Syrah opens on a deep and harmonious nose of violet, warm and treacly black fruits meshed together with tobacco, cocoa, wood spice and black pepper. On the palate the wine progresses smoothly with flavours of damson plum, blackberry, baked strawberry followed by tobacco, clove, vanilla, licorice and leathery undertones. The mid-palate is fleshy and flavourful, with ripe, velvety tannins. It is balanced by a juicy acidity and ends in a long fruity, smoky and spicy finish.

This wine is approachable and age worthy. Try it with pork tenderloin stuffed with garlic and local brambly fruit puree or with a bacon-wrapped and prune-stuffed quail.


2014 Sauvignon Blanc

Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.5% | PH: 3.42 | Titratable acidity: 6.14 g/L

Tasting Notes:
Subtle flavours of fresh cut grass, lemon and passionfruit intermingle on the nose with vanilla, leafy and candied fruit undertones. The palate is rich with a harmoniously woven mouthfeel combining green apple, white peach, passionfruit with leafy, nectarine and fresh marjoram notes. Balance is built on a medium acidity and a mellowed texture that add weight to the wine which ends on a seductive citrusy, woodsy and mineral finish. Very food friendly, it will highlight the many flavours of a coconut poached halibut with Thai green vegetables, or a crunchy vegetable and peach sauté sprinkled with chili, lime and fresh herbs.


2013 Pinot Noir

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.58 | Titratable acidity: 6.81 g/L

Tasting Notes:
2013 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot noir releases a concentrated nose of raspberry coulis on a background canvas of violet, soft spice, meaty and vanillin undertones. The palate is coated with intense flavours of wild strawberries and baked dark berries perfectly framed by a juicy acidity and prolonged by notes of cedar, cloves, vanilla and hints of graphite. Enjoy now and serve at 16C (61F) to preserve this nice combination of fruitiness, power and delicacy. Try with a charcuterie platter (salami, grilled sausages, duck terrine) or with a veggie Tabbouleh with touches of cinnamon, mint, raisin and chili pepper. Its sustained aromatics and delicate texture will flavor many simple recipes.


2015 Pinot Gris

Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.5% | PH: 3.37 | Titratable acidity: 5.29 g/L

Tasting Notes:
The 2015 Pinot Gris opens on an intense nose of the classic Pinot Gris aromas of pear, peach and honeydew melon along with some more exotic notes of apple blossom, grapefruit and pineapple. The palate is dry with crisp acidity and shows lush, ripe and intense peach, nectarine, baked pear and lots of lemony citrus zest on the long refreshing finish.

The richness and ripeness of fruit should pair well with a Thai style Dungeness crab and pomelo salad. Rhys Pender, Master of Wine.


2012 Petit Verdot

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14% | PH: 3.97 | Titratable acidity: 5.78 g/L

Tasting Notes:
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is proud to announce the premier release of Petit Verdot as a single varietal, to the line up of premium wines.

The 2012 Petit Verdot shows dense black fruit aromas mixed with an array of seductive spices. Cassis and stewed blackberries mingle on the nose combined with Dutch black liquorice, dusty earth and notes of all-spice. On the palate it offers layers of intriguing flavours with blackberry, liquorice, cedar, black olive and all-spice all melding together on a long length. The tannins offer some grip and structure to an overall gentle and soft texture. It will partner well with meatier dishes: try Port braised beef short ribs with star anise or a hearty lamb stew for a tasty match.


2013 Merlot

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.56 | Titratable acidity: 6.25 g/L

Tasting Notes:
A mix of brambly red berry fruit on the nose with paprika, roasted red pepper, stewed plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and violet along with some sweet vanillin pastry crust. The palate is dry, full bodied and has nice vibrant mixed red and black brambly berry fruit, crisp acidity, the punch of blackberry, juiciness of plum, blueberry, smooth tannins and dark chocolate, dried thyme and some dusty earth. Try with venison sausages with a sweet cassis sauce. Rhys Pender, Master of Wine


2012 Meritage

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.76 | Titratable acidity: 6.71 g/L

Tasting Notes:
Vibrant and complex nose with everything from ripe raspberry, cassis, blackberry and prune plum through to dried sage brush, orange zest, clove, black olive, marzipan, dusty vanillin oak and malt. The palate is dry, rich and full bodied with crisp acidity and firm, medium-plus ripe tannins. The structure for aging is framed by plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa, cassis, black plum, black cherry, spiced berry compote, citrus peel and a touch of fig, raisin and leather. Drinking well now, it also shows the concentration to open up and evolve over a decade. Pair with rosemary and garlic studded leg of lamb or lamb tagine. 
Rhys Pender, Master of Wine.


2013 Malbec

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.71 | Titratable acidity: 6.28 g/L

Tasting Notes:
The nose is spicy, peppery and rustic with intense aromas of blackberry, dried fig, cigar box, leather, vanilla and meat, with subtle violet notes in the background. The palate is dry and full bodied with crisp acidity and firm, ripe tannins. There is lots of personality in the paprika, black plum, sundried tomato, blueberry and leather with a savoury dried sage finish. Lots of character now and should soften over the next 2-3 years. Try with a nicely seared piece of beef with a ratatouille and some hearty polenta.


2014 Chardonnay

Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.5% | PH: 3.48 | Titratable acidity: 6.45 g/L

Tasting Notes:
The 2014 Chardonnay shows the ripe fruitiness of the 2014 vintage with winemaking restraint. It has ripe peach, nectarine and tropical pineapple and papaya notes on the nose with some well integrated subtle toasty oak and fresh mandarin and lemon citrus notes to add complexity. The palate is full-bodied and rich textured but with crisp balancing acidity. Lemon, lime, peach, toasted nut, pineapple, caramel, vanilla, mango and green melon make for a complex palate, heightened with well integrated oak. The finish is crisp and refreshing. Try pairing this with Dungeness crab or scallops sautéed in brown butter.


2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.75 | Titratable acidity: 6.09 g/L

Tasting Notes:
The warm 2013 vintage has produced a Cabernet Sauvignon with all the structure and ripeness you hope for while remaining quintessentially Okanagan: the nose shows a complex mix of cassis, blackberry, black olive, dusty oak, cedar, tobacco and lots of dried wild sage adding a fresh element. The palate is firmly structured and intensely flavoured with flavours mirroring the nose. There is also dried plum, dried black cherry, distinct mint, charred meat and a little liquorice spice with a long, satisfying finish. Young now, it has all the elements to cellar for many years. Pair this with venison loin or a grilled rib eye.


2013 Cabernet Franc

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.75 | Titratable acidity: 5.9 g/L

Tasting Notes:
An intense nose showing both the pretty, complex side of Cabernet Franc and the ripeness of the Okanagan’s 2013 vintage. There are aromas of lavender, purple flowers, red currant, oak and blueberry with a nice savoury note of tobacco, and dried sage. The palate is silky textured, medium in body with lovely refreshing acidity. Cherry, ripe raspberry, cassis, blackberry and some peppery spice end with a long finish. This wine has the concentration and structure to age well. Try with braised lamb shanks.


2014 bottling Coruja

Analysis:
Alcohol: 18.5%

Tasting Notes:

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is proud to offer it’s first fortified port-style wine. The name, Portuguese for “owl,” pays homage to the winery’s namesake and to the country of origin for this style of wine.

A soul warming aroma of dried plums, blackberry, blueberry and pastry crust all wrapped around complex pepper, clove, vanilla, marzipan, chocolate and oak notes. The palate is rich and silky with intense flavours of blackberry jam, mixed brambly berry pie, stewed damson plums, violets, black pepper, clove and just a touch of leather. The sweetness is balanced nicely by the fullbodied viscous texture, balancing tannins and refreshing acidity that linger on a long finish. Try with chilli infused dark chocolate desserts or intensely flavoured hard cheeses.


2013 Athene

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.5% | PH: 3.93 | Titratable acidity: 5.87 g/L

Tasting Notes:

Intense and intriguing aromas on the nose with pastry crust, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, dried thyme and sage, ripe Italian plum and with some complex paprika, cinnamon and black pepper spice. The palate is ripe and rich in black fruits, black plum, cassis and black cherry with some espresso and oak and given a nice savoury side with dried sage, liquorice, a hint of black olive and leather. The tannins are firm but ripe. It is full bodied and has all the elements to age for a long and graceful life in the bottle. Try pairing with venison with a rich berry infused demi-glace.