Our award winning winemaker Kathy Malone brings us a new installment of her beloved Winemaker's Blog Series, educating us on why vintage matters and how to navigate this when enjoying older bottles.
Hillside is extremely proud to be a continued supporter of One Sky Community Services through both our "One Sky" wine initiative as well as individual donations. Check out Kathy's latest Winemaker's Blog entry, where she chats about her recent trip to the Wine Leader's Forum in Napa, and why the OneSky wine initiative is so very near and dear to her heart.
Through the summer of 2010, Hillside hosted a number of “terroir tastings” from barrels, illustrating the similarities and differences between four blocks of 2009 Merlot from the Naramata bench and one Oliver block.
The difference was obvious—almost a Sesame Street segment of “one of these things is not like the other” --the wine from Oliver fruit was “benchmark” dark plum Merlot, while the Naramata-sourced fruit was more complex and in addition to the classic merlot flavours, all shared a flavour component attributable to the soil.