We get to Osoyoos and we had a little time before our first appointment of the day, time enough to hit 1 or 2 wineries, and the first one we came across that was open was Maverick. We have been here 3-4 times now, but our friends were pretty unfamiliar with them so this was a great opportunity to present them with an "up-and-comer". Maverick has been open 3-4 years now I would guess, and the wines are always of quality.
|Maverick Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris ($16.00)|
Red apple and pear aromas dominate the nose. Fruit salad in the glass on the palate; guava, tropical fruit and pear flavors. A nice bargain.
|Maverick Estate Winery 2016 Chardonnay ($26.50)|
This is what I dislike about today's Chardonnay; little oak (6 months new oak), no maloactic fermentation, so little to no rich, buttery characteristics. But you know what? It's delicious. Just goes to show how good this style of Chardonnay can be when it is done right. Aromas of stone fruit, orange blossom, citrus and toasted almonds. Citrus, almond, macadamia nut and just the slightest tinge of hazelnut on the finish. Very nice.
|Maverick Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir ($29.00)|
Aromas of raspberry, black plum and white pepper. Light flavors of blackberry, raspberry and red cherry. Needs time to round itself out but there is potential here.
|Maverick Estate Winery 2015 Rubeus ($25.00)|
50% Syrah, 35% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
That only adds to 99, maybe the other 1% is a mystery :). Cranberry, dried fruit, anise and tobacco on the nose. The palate is light and elegant, and the tannins are strong. Herbaceous notes, with black pepper on the finish. Another one that is not yet ready for greatness.
|Maverick Estate Winery 2014 Fia ($30.00)|
Dried fruit, licorice, dark chocolate and white pepper aromas surround your senses. The palate is rich and decadent and almost hedonistic. Flavors are all about red berries and dark chocolate. As always, this one steals the show.
As expected, not a bad wine in the bunch and that Port-style wine is a real star.
Next up: Our second visit to CC Jentsch!
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