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Julian Park

Julian Park

3 days ago

Julian scored this wine: 90/100

23 days ago

Julian scored this wine: 91/100

The grape is difficult to source but 2.25 tons were sourced from the 2017 harvest. There are only 47 acres of Sémillon grown in BC. This time, the wine was also fermented in French oak puncheons with some almost neutral American oak barrels, and aged on the lees for 5 months. A floral aroma of ripe apple, pear, citrus and honey. Flavours of fresh apple, peach and lemon. The wine has bright crisp acid levels. 11.6% Alcohol. Only 100 cases were produced. The 2017 Unsanctioned Series Sémillon 2017 won a gold medal at the National Wine Awards of Canada.

23 days ago

Julian scored this wine: 92/100

This was the third Black Market vintage of Syrah. The first two were co-fermented with Viognier but this year the Viognier ripened too early to be included in the Syrah. Without the Viognier, the 2016 Syrah is a bolder wine. After a slow and warm fermentation, the wine underwent another 10 days of maceration to extract more phenolic compounds. The wine spent 15 months in French Oak Puncheons and American oak barrels. The lower wine to oak ratio from the puncheon provides the Syrah with more subtle oak flavours. 13.8% Alcohol. Full-bodied with a luscious mouthfeel, the tannins are lifted by a hint of acidity. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry are followed on the palate by savoury notes of black olive, vanilla and cinnamon. This elegant wine lingers with a hint of white pepper on the long finish. Drinkable now but will definitely improve with age. The 2016 Syrah won a Silver medal at the National Wine Awards of Canada.

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2016

Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada
62 days ago

Julian scored this wine: 93/100

The Chardonnay was fermented in oak from the Jupilles forest in France. True lemon in colour. Aromas of citrus, bread dough with a touch of vanilla. On the palate, pineapple, lemon, peach, caramel, toasted oak and a hint of honey. Nicely balanced acidity with a rich smooth mouthfeel. This is a complex Chardonnay that won a Gold Medal at the Prestigious 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Hands Up Red

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Hands Up Red 2016

Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada
64 days ago

Julian scored this wine: 89/100

82% Merlot. The BlackBerry jumps out of the glass plus blueberry and chocolate aromas. On the palate, blackberries, sour cherries,  leather, black pepper and smooth tannins. This easy drink red is awesome with BBQ Tri-Tip beef.  Drink now!

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Memorable Wine

2004 Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir enjoyed with my school friend Phil Jones at his winery in Leongatha, Australia.

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First Wine

Probably Mateus. I was really young at the time!

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