Black Swift Vineyards is a premium wine venture based on the rapidly evolving regions of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. While only around 9,000 acres, these regions are distinct in the world of wine for their ability to grow a diverse array of premium vitis vinifera grapes from an assortment of macroclimates. From North to South and East to West, we enjoy a multifaceted variety of soil types, topography, environments, and people. We hope to celebrate these differences by farming numerous varietals in the localities that we feel suit them the most. In this way we hope to help share with the world the incredible depth, variety, complexity, and most importantly quality, that British Columbia wine has to offer.
Thus it is our quest to create the first exclusively single vineyard, multi-regional wine project in British Columbia; one which seeks to capture the diversity of our young, but exceptional region. We feel that it is only by focusing on the various smaller districts (which will one day no-doubt become officially recognized sub-appellations), that we can claim to pursue this project in earnest. It is our belief that this is the way to truly explore the notion of terroir in our great emerging region.
The linking of our project to the Black Swift is no coincidence. Native to the Okanagan, the rare sighting of a Black Swift is an experience prized by birders. It is famous for its high arching flight, slow and precise wing beat, and its unique reliance on a single egg for each year’s procreation. Inspired by this distinctive bird, we aspire to yield great wines…one vineyard at a time.
We hope you enjoy the wines as much as we enjoy working with the land that they are from.
For more information about Black Swift Vineyards and where you can purchase our wines, please contact Andrew Melville at Andrew@terrabella.ca
‘As time goes on I love to hear things like Monarch Vineyard is in the central flats of the Osoyoos Bench. Ah yes – location. It seems it matters. Even if the Osoyoos Bench is yet to be delineated as a sub-appellation it has ‘central flats’ sitting within it. Guess what? It is one of the hottest and sunniest locations in all of BC, seemingly made for syrah. After 30 months in American oak, 66 percent new, this seemingly Australian-style shiraz is nothing but obese. Tight-grained Montana oak, described as being closer to Slovenian oak (think big Tuscan reds) helps to contain the fruit rather than let it spill out of its sides. The days are warm, but the nights are cooler, so again, less Oz more Rhone. In fact, it’s another Next World Okanagan red mixing fresh peppery notes, fine acidity and plenty of ripe blueberry that finishes mostly dry. You can add another one to the expanding list of top-flight Okanagan syrah. 91 points‘
– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine March 14 2018
“The Black Swift franc grows on the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation in Desert Valley Vineyard. In 2014 this is a dense, muscular, round and ripe-fruited red that is a pleasure to drink. The west bench that gathers the less intense morning sun tempers the wine’s overall demeanor, aided by an early evening shadow that protects the fruit from excess sugar production and eventually alcohol. The soil is mostly rocky, an old alluvial river bed, and the result is a mineral, stony red and black raspberry fruited wine with a sagebrush undercurrent. Grilled meats or poultry are fine matches at this point. Impressive now and this will improve in bottle through 2020. 90 points”
– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine, tasted December 14th 2017
‘The 2015 Pinecrest was a very sentimental wine for The Hatch as this was the last year they had access to this Westbank vineyard, rumoured to be the oldest block of Chardonnay in the Okanagan. When the owner of the organic 2 acre Glenrosa area vineyard passed, the land was sold and the new owners ripped out the old vines. So the 200 cases of 2015 Pinecrest is this vineyard’s finale. Black Swift is the premium, single vineyard project from the folks at The Hatch, and I tasted bottle #1760. Full-bodied and confident, with a creamy, lees-lined base for the ripe and dense yellow apple, pear and lemon curd. Perfumed and expressive white florals and almond blossoms scent this ripe wine, one gently but firmly buoyed with a swell of stony acidity. The lingering finish is dusted with stony salts. Drinking well now, this really is meant for a couple of years in the cellar. I’d say this 45 year old vineyard went out on a high note. 91 points‘ – Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine
‘One of three single vineyard 2015 chardonnays The Hatch released under the Black Swift line, this is from a half acre vineyard outside of Peachland on deep clay loams. One puncheon was made, so there are only fifty cases out there for you to seek out. Said puncheon is overwhelming at this young stage, with strident wood, vanilla pod, ripe and creamy pear, on a structured, muscular, green apple-lined core, finishing with heady wood spicing. This is a wine to lay down for 2+ years, to allow the integration of wood into the potent orchard fruit. At 12.9 percent, this is certainly not flabby or overripe. Hopefully future vintages will benefit from older puncheon use. 89 points‘
– Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine
‘The Hatch is behind this Black Swift release from a single vineyard site in east Kelowna that is the coolest and the most northern of their chardonnay labels. It’s a terrific addition to their goal “to create the first exclusively single vineyard, multi-regional wine project in British Columbia; one which seeks to capture the diversity of our young, but exceptional region.” Winemaker Jason Parkes assessed the site and the fruit and was inspired to emulate the Chablis style. In fact, it’s a good play given the delicate textures here and that long clean subtle palate with just a hint of lemon, sage and salty wet stones. More acid would be the final solution. 90 points‘
– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine. Tasted January 4th, 2018
“The deep clay soils of Kurkjian Farm make what winemaker Jason Parkes would term a more muscular, intense riesling with a pronounced firm, dry acid bent. The four-acre vineyard located in East Kelowna, just below Summerhill Winery, is certified organic. As noted previously its bone-dry styling reminds us of the Clare and Eden Valleys. Again, the electric East Kelowna, salty, mineral style carries the day, suggesting this wine will keep for years in the bottle. Love the style and so will food lovers. 89 points”
– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine. Tasted January 5th 2018