En route to Kelowna last week, after my stop at Evolve Cellars, I popped into see what’s happening with The Hatch, located next door to Quails’ Gate Winery on Boucherie Road. This is the latest winery opened by the Terrabella Group, that also owns Perseus Winery in Penticton. After I unsuccessfully tried to enter the tasting room through the gorgeous old double doors (FYI, the entrance door is the glass one to the right of the ornate doors), I was greeted at the tasting bar by the Chief Steward, Andrew Melville, and he led me through a tasting of several of their wines. The Hatch is home to a few different series of wines: The Hatch, Hobo Series, Screaming Frenzy, and then their premium wines that are labelled as Black Swift.
The Hatch includes Dynasty White (Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier), Dynasty Red (Merlot, Syrah, Malbec), Brut Rosé, and The Hatchchild (Cabernet Sauvingon), B. Yanco (67% Pinot Blanc, 33% Viognier), Ross O. (Pinot Noir with a touch of Gamay), and Flipping the Bird (Zweigelt Rosé). The Hobo Series includes a Semillon, a Muscat and a Gamay. The Screaming Frenzy (which is a what a group of black swifts are called) Series is made up of single vineyard wines, including a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir & a Meritage blend. All of the labels are quite interesting, featuring the art of Paul Morstad.
The first wine I tasted was the 2013 B. Yanco. It has aromas of pear, apple, which peach and hints of citrus. It is dry with medium-plus acidity and medium body, with flavours of citrus, apple, pear and peach with a medium finish. It is pleasant and not overly complicated.The 2014 Screaming Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc has a New Zealand-style nose of citrus, gooseberry and some grassy notes. It is dry with medium-plus acidity and medium body, with flavours of citrus, lime, and some tropical notes. The Hobo Series 2014 Semillon has a ripe nose of red apple, pear and melon. It is dry with medium acidity and body with a round mouthfeel. It has flavours of apple, pear skin and some citrus notes. It is pleasant but the finish drops off. I next tasted two Chardonnays from different tiers. The Screaming Frenzy 2013 Chardonnay has aromas of peach, pineapple and toasty notes. It is dry with medium acidity and body and flavours of apple, citrus, oak notes and clove with a medium-minus finish. The Black Swift 2013 Chardonnay has a nose of apricot and citrus with a light intensity and some hints of floral. It is dry with medium acidity and body, flavours of citrus and spice and a short finish. The Hobo Series 2013 Gamay (fruit from Secrest Vineyard in Oliver) has a nose of cherry and raspberry. It is dry with medium acidity, medium body and medium-minus tannins. It has flavours of berry and cherry with a short finish. The Screaming Frenzy 2013 Pinot Noir (fruit from two vineyards in the Similkameen) is light garnet-ruby in colour with aromas of raspberry, cherry, spice and a hint of herbaceous notes. It is dry with medium-plus acidity, medium tannins and medium-minus body with flavours of cherry, raspberry and pepper with a medium-plus finish. The 2012 Pinot Noir (fruit from the Reimer Vineyard in Kelowna) is a pale-medium ruby in colour. The nose kind of threw me because it didn’t smell like a Pinot Noir – it smelled like a fortified Port-style wine with stewed fruit and notes of fruitcake, cherry and raspberry. It was dry with medium-plus acidity, medium tannins and medium body with flavours of tart red currant, cherry and raspberry with a long but slightly disconcerting finish. I finished off my tasting with the Screaming Frenzy 2012 Meritage, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, all of it Similkameen fruit. It is a medium ruby in colour with chocolate and hints of liquorice on the nose. It is dry with medium-plus acidity, medium-plus tannins and medium body. It has flavours of ripe cherry and black forest cake with a medium finish.