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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Winery 2004 Malbec  (Okanagan Valley)

Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Winery

2004 Malbec
(Okanagan Valley)

Under what it calls its Discovery Series, Inniskillin Okanagan makes limited productions of wines from varieties showing potential in the Okanagan. It started a few years ago with Zinfandel and now includes such varieties as Chenin Blanc and Malbec. Down the road, the winery even plans to release British Columbia’s first Grüner Veltliner, Austrian’s leading white and now a hot variety with consumers.

Some 311 cases of this vintage of Malbec has been released, enough, in Inniskillin’s view, to satisfy consumers and restaurants. Well, it won’t be enough because this is an interesting wine from a grape that few Okanagan wineries turn into a single variety wine.

It is a bold red, richly dark in colour. There is an intriguingly earthy aroma, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied and even chewy in texture, the wine shows flavours of spiced plums, coffee and chocolate with the slightest hint of bitter tannins on the finish. That should tell us that this wine wants to be cellared for a few years to achieve its full potential. 90 points.

Reviewed February 6, 2007 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Winery
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Malbec
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Malbec
Price: 750ml $24.99

Review Date: 2/6/2007

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.