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2015

Sunrock Illumina

Zinfandel, Shiraz

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

14 Alcohol

Introduction

New Vintage! This wine was previously featured in the store, but is back by popular demand! Named after the large graphite cliff that overlooks the vineyard, Sunrock was established in 1998 in the Okanagan Valley. The location is ideal for grape growing as the hill reflects the sun and holds the heat well into the evening. The Okanagan Valley itself is home to approximately 185 licensed wineries ranging from family-owned to large-scale endeavours. Ever looked at a wine label and wondered what BC VQA stands for? 'British Columbia Vintners Quality Assurance' was established in 1990 with the desire to create a designation in Canadian wine that would hold wineries accountable to meet a quality standard. In order to list VQA on a label, there is a list of criteria that must be met. For example, 95% of the grapes in the Sunrock Illumina Zinfandel Shiraz blend must come from the Okanagan Valley - as listed on the label. The goal of the VQA is to guarantee a high-quality product for consumers that is from the region and year as advertised. Serve at 17 C. Drink now or save up to 3 years.


How it looks

A rich, medium garnet colour. Somewhat transparent with the slightest tinge of orange at the edges.

How it smells

Brimming with jammy fruit - a few swirls and we're reminded of all those fruit leather snacks we loved as kids. An unusual blend of Zinfandel (64%) with fruit notes of raspberry, blackberry, and cherry that are prominent on the nose. The Shiraz (36%) eventually comes forward with subtle notes of vanilla and spice.

How it tastes

The stewed fruit follows through on the front of the palate, echoing the notes of berries and cherries from the nose. Well integrated and soft tannins provide a dry, spicy finish that brings to mind toasted black pepper and an elusive smoky oak element. Luxurious flavours of vanilla and mocha intermingle with baking spices that leave us wanting more. We were not disappointed by this unusual Zinfandel Shiraz palate-pleaser!

Recommended food pairing

Calling for anything that comes from a slow cooker! We're imagining a beef stew with tonnes of root vegetables and caramelized onions.

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