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.
So here we are. You have the background on the Naramata Bench and the BC system of sub-Geographic-Indicators, now it’s time to explore how they came together. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
An appellation or geographic indicator (GI) is a means of delineating “terroir” geographically. Terroir refers to the set of conditions that contribute to the character of the fruit, and therefore the wine, such that it stands apart from its neighbors. These conditions range from very broad—latitude/longitude, west-facing vs south-facing, frost-free days etc, to very specific-soil type, prevailing wind direction, even cultural considerations. READ MORE HERE.