2016 Fortissimo albeit young, and coming from a structured vintage is drinking well already. "Fine and fleshy, dark fruit scented, savoury, firm, drinkable, with fine acids, succulent and juicy. Plenty of dark cherry fruit, damson plums, black raspberry and more, with really nicely integrated wood influence. A balanced, savoury, essence, with very good to excellent length." 91 points - John Szabo MS, Wine Align, July 2018
Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with just over 2.5% Viognier. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar, they kid around and call this wine a syrah for Pinot Noir lovers. Crunchy bramble fruit and purpleflowers mingle with pepper and spice. Raspberries and wild berries burst on the nose and on the palate. While 2016 is overall a structured vintage, this Cuvée is ready to be enjoyed and savoured upon release. It can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.
"Maestoso is the highest peak in the crescendo, that moment of majesty. It is our flagship wine and the jewel in the crown of LaStella. Silk Gloves come on, no expense is spared, and we pulled no punches. Maestoso is the reason we get out bed at the crack of dawn and continue the back breaking work till late in the evening. Maestoso is always opaque in color and 2015 is no different. On the nose, one finds pronounced notes of dark bramble fruit, dark roast coffee, black cherries, forest floor and vintage cigar box. Huge mouth coating velvety tannins lead through to an astonishing finish lasting well over a minute. A monumental wine indeed that restores wine lover’s faith in Merlot. Even the biggest nay sayers will be wowed." review from the winery.
"Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal heat of the day, equal cold of the night. Equal new world, equal old world. The 2014 Équinoxe Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in various sub-appellations in the South Okanagan Valley: the Black SageBench and Osoyoos West Bench, East Bench and Lake District. ""This wine is inspired by the masters of the northern Rhône, and takes the route of a blend of sub-appellations rather than a single vineyard expression. Hedgerow and bramble notes are joined by savoury, mulchy scents. Delicious and pure, it has an intensity of undergrowth, tobacco, cedar and black fruit in the mouth which comes across with freshness and length. Aged in French oak barrels and puncheons, 56% new."" James Button, Decanter Magazine, Tasted May 2018 "