Wine of the Week: Mt. Boucherie Blaufränkisch
Blaufränkisch. It may be a mouthful to say but this wine might just be your new favourite red. Popular in Europe, this cool climate varietal is also known as Lemberger. Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is the only producer of it in the Okanagan but there is also a Lemberger produced by Larch Hills Winery in the Shuswap area.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery has been a landmark of the West Kelowna wine route for many years. One of the earliest planted vineyards in the area, over the last couple of years under new ownership, the winery has been transformed into a gorgeous, state of the art building complete with a restaurant called The Modest Butcher. The wine making program draws from 300 acres spanning across five vineyards in the Okanagan and the Similkameen.
The Mt. Boucherie Estate series is made in three distinct tiers. The white label wines are made in a crisp, refreshing style meant for early consumption. The Reserves are aged for 12 – 22 months in-barrel and are meant to age gracefully in your cellar. Summit and Contessa showcase the best blocks and barrels from the 200 acres of vines.
The estate also now offers three luxury guesthouses for groups (7, 6 and 4 bedrooms). Two have hot tubs, all have gourmet chef kitchens and one even has a Karaoke room and golf simulator.
A rare and unique medium bodied wine that showcases wild blueberries, sour cherry, and baking spices. Pair with mushroom based dishes, grilled meats, or charcuterie.
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