VANCOUVER & OKANAGAN, BC, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - There's no wine growing
region in the world quite like the Black Sage Bench. After years under
the umbrella of Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, the red wines of Black Sage
VineyardTM are stepping into the spotlight with their own singular identity.
Once home only to cattle and cowboys, the rugged Black Sage Bench has
some of the hottest vineyard sites in Canada. With soaring mid-summer
temperatures, this barren pocket of desert gets a fraction of the
annual precipitation of Bordeaux and Burgundy making this hot, dry
viticulture region ideal for growing red Bordeaux varieties. For 20
years the Black Sage Vineyard has done just that - in fact, it was the
very first on the bench to do so.
Now, Black Sage VineyardTM is taking the unique step of only producing wines that are suited to our vineyard site. This means
removing plantings our winemaker and vineyard team think don't fit the
bill and potentially adding some that do.
The red wines from Black Sage Vineyard™ are a true expression of their
terroir. The determined vines must dig deep into the parched landscape,
their efforts producing intense flavours. Bold and juicy, they are
planted in the right location, the right soil, and get the right amount
of sunlight; they are wines worthy of distinction, and the new labels
confidently reflect that.
"A better vineyard for integrated wines would be hard to come by in the
Okanagan," says winemaker, Jason James. "I can honestly say that
what's inside our brand new Black Sage Vineyard™ label is better than
it's ever been."
With a streamlined portfolio focusing strictly on what this vineyard
does best, Black Sage Vineyard™ now produces four wines: Merlot,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pipe, a fortified blend. The
current release of Black Sage Vineyard™ wines are priced between $21.99
and $24.99 and are listed with the British Columbia Liquor Distribution
Branch, boutique wine shops throughout BC and Alberta and select
At the northernmost point of the Sonora Desert sits Canada's beautiful
Okanagan Valley. Black Sage Vineyard™ wines represent the best of the
Okanagan Valley, and demonstrate what happens when the right vines are
planted in the right location. Black Sage Vineyard™ strives to bring
customers wines that reflect the unique qualities of its exceptional
appellation, wines of a clear and purposeful vision that embrace what
the vineyard does best.
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SOURCE: Black Sage Vineyard
For further information:
Marketing Manager, Western Estates VQA
p: 604.451.9511 ext 6040