Painted Rock Estate Winery
John was a stockbroker in Vancouver for more than 25 years, during which time he became an avid wine enthusiast. John and his wife Trish dreamed of having their own vineyard after spending time exploring wineries in the South of France with their family. In 2004, John turned his attention to the Okanagan region after recognizing that the quality of wines was improving dramatically. Driven by both his passion for wine and his desire to create a legacy business for his family, he purchased the land in south Penticton known locally as “The Blackhawk.”
Perched high on a bench on the east side of Skaha Lake south of Penticton, backing up against the famed climbing bluffs. Once an apricot farm, it had been fallow for 17 years. He planted in 2005 and 2006 and now has roughly 25 acres under vine, all of it Bordeaux reds or Syrah except for a block of Chardonnay. On the advice of consultants, he has planted multiple clones of every variety, giving his winemaker good blending options.
John was confident that this terroir and its site influences presented “a unique opportunity to create exceptional wines” and that he had “both the opportunity and the obligation to do this property justice.” John and Trish’s vision was and remains to grow exceptional grapes in their estate vineyard to produce ultra-premium wines that reflect the perfect marriage of new world fruit and old world processes, employing the best modern technologies and expertise, while respecting old world traditions.
Named Winery of the Year at the 2014/15 InterVin International Wine Awards, Painted Rock is singularly committed to the production of ultra premium Okanagan wines.
Aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. The 2010 Merlot is concentrated, yet subtly perfumed. Toasty oak and savory undertones pair with plummy fruit on the nose. The palate is dense and unctuous with silky tannin. Cocoa, stewed fruit and savory herbs dominate.
Aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. The 2012 Merlot is concentrated, yet subtly perfumed. Toasty oak and savory undertones pair with plummy fruit on the nose. The palate is dense and unctuous with silky tannin. Cocoa, stewed fruit and savory herbs dominate.
Aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. A blend of 21% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cab-ernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot and 11% Malbec. The 2010 Red Icon a blend of the five traditional Bordeaux varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The blend is well balanced and complex. The nose reveals notes of leather, berries, smoke, ink, and a touch of dusty earth. The palate is well structured, striking the perfect balance between juicy acidity and bold tannin. The long finish unfolds with berries, smoke and savory tones
Aged 18 months in 60% new French oak and 40% new American oak. The 2012 Syrah is juicy and spicy, emulating a Northern Rhone style. Plenty of black pepper on the nose, along with blueberry and floral aromas. The palate is bold, with juicy acidity and another dose of black pepper. The tannin is moderate and well balanced. Smokey oak reveals itself on the elegant finish.