Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Sep 30, 2010 La Frenz Winery Montage 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestNaramata Bench, Okanagan Valley $22-26. Available at the winery or select specialty liquor storeswww.lafrenzwinery.comI tasted this lovely red at last week’s Simply Red Naramata Bench tasting. All the new red releases from the Okanagan were on show, allowing guests first sip of the new season. Aptly named, Montage is a blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Rattlesnake Vineyard. This approachable wine shouts ‘drink me now!’ Why argue? Especially when faced with cedar, plum and sweet cherry plush aromas, and medium bodied flavours of lush blueberry, dark chocolate, cassis and earthy brambles. Nice fine tannins and lengthy finish – that tastes like more. Just right for these early days of fall. Though, at this price, you can afford to buy a couple and lie them down for a few years – you’ll be rewarded.La Frenz is operated by Jeff and Niva Martin, transplants from the Riverina area of Australia. Before coming to Canada Jeff worked at well-known McWilliams Winery for 14 years, and then landed at Kelowna’s Quails’ Gate for 5 years before starting cult-favourite La Frenz. While most people may be more familiar with their spectacular whites (Semillon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Alexandria and Chardonnay), they have a stunning lineup of gutsy reds as well – including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Shiraz, Malbec, Tempranillo (!) and a Bordeaux blend named simply – Grand Total Reserve. **If you get a chance, don’t miss out on their delish fortified Liqueur Muscat NV – a Canadian first.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)OkanaganRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.