Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery2005 Malbec
Malbec is not widely grown in the Okanagan (only 38 acres in 2006) because it ripens late, toward the end of October when frost is always a threat. When the variety gets ripe, as it did in the superb 2005 vintage, the resulting wines are among the most generous and satisfying of Okanagan reds.
Most Malbec is dedicated to Bordeaux blends. Less than half a dozen wineries release single varietal Malbec, among them Quinta Ferreira, an Oliver-area winery that just opened in 2007. The modest production of Malbec quickly disappeared from the wine shop, mostly to fortunate restaurants. No doubt, they will be scrambling for an allocation of the next vintage.
This wine is bold, very dark in colour, with aromas of vanilla, black cherry and blueberry that open layer by layer in the glass. Similarly, the deep flavours unwrap themselves as the wine opens with breathing, showing plums and black cherries, with spiciness. The texture is full and lush, with a lingering and satisfying finish. 90 points.
Reviewed October 22, 2007 by John Schreiner.
Other reviewed wines from Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery
2006 Vinho du Sól
(Okanagan Valley)John Schreiner 10/24/2007
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.