Naramata Bench Wineries
We have recently featured two other Naramata wines as part of our Best BC Wines series – Serendipity and Black Cloud. We do have favorities from regions in BC other than Naramata but since attending the Naramata Bench Winery Association tasting in April we thought we would stay with this region before moving on.
Deep Roots Winery
This was our first introduction to Deep Roots. We were drawn to their logo and to the family members manning the tasting booth. The Deep roots logo is a cork screw with four roots coming out of the bottom to represent the four generations of the Hardman family. For nearly 100 years, the Hardman family has been farming on the clay cliffs above the village of Naramata. The property, originally a fruit orchard, has now been completely re-planted to premium vinifera grape varieties. Winemaker, Will Hardman, is the fourth generation to cultivate the land.
Our Deep Roots Picks
We tasted 3 whites, a rose and 3 reds from Deep Roots and had a few standout favorites.
Deep Roots Pinot Gris 2014 ($19) – slightly dry but light bodied and soft to finish, hints of pear and apple with a tropical finish. Was harvested on October 17th and spent 17 days in stainless steel tanks. Awarded 88 points. Will be great with our favorite salmon dishes.
Deep Roots Gamay 2014 ($22) – light colored and vibrant with a spicy finish. Harvested October 22nd with 50% aged 5 months in French Oak and 50% aged 5 months in stainless steel. Awarded 88 points. We are Gamay lovers and this is no exception.
Deep Roots Syrah 2012 ($40) – full bodied, smokey and intense, this was Jeff’s favorite. With hints of pepper and a long finish it would go well with meats and spicy food. Harvested October 24th and spent 18 months in french Oak. Awarded 90 points.
Deep Roots wines are available at the winery, can be shipped and are currently on the menu at The Score on Davie Street in Vancouver. This winery will be added to our next Naramata wine trip, date TBA, likely September.
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