My taste buds sense vibrancy and energy. This is “good wine”.
Passion, Tradition & Music
At Winemaker’s Cut melodious tones echo through the vineyard and winery. Classical masterpieces play filling air as well as the vines and wines with energy and vibrancy. Without Michal and Marina Mosny, originally from Slovakia, finding joy in their work and bringing their passion for music with them, this would never have happened. The team of Michal as winemaker and Martina viticulturist, demonstrate the power of teamwork, attention to detail and impact a delicate touch of tradition can have. This ethos has shaped the last 11 years in the Okanagan Valley for this dynamic duo. The wines offer a distinct BC character and a sense of place here in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. If you haven’t yet visited Winemaker’s Cut or tasted their wines, check out the modern tasting room at District Wine Village in Oliver, where you can experience the Winemaker’s Cut portfolio from vibrant and fresh sparkling whites and roses to bold flavourful red.
Slovakia is a landlocked and mountainous county of five million people sharing borders with Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Ukraine. It was once part of Czechoslovakia. Historically Slovakia belonged to the Habsburg dynasty, and Bratislava the capital (called Pressburg previously) was the safe haven for the aristocracy of Hungary during the Ottoman occupation that endured from 1526 until 1784.
“Our boutique winery in Slovakia was located near a village that Beethoven used to visit very often (Dolna Krupa), and allegedly where he composed the very famous masterpiece, “Fur Elise”.” While Beethoven’s fame is renowned, Winemaker’s Cut is similarly gaining reputation for working with celebrities for example wine lover, actor and director Jason Priestly and radio man Terry David Mulligan. Together, this trio has launched a wine masterpiece called Q&A. Humility is Michal’s strong suit as he quietly works to grow his own legacy as winemaker of distinctive wines for Winemaker’s Cut and others.
Vineyard Terroir & Farming
What makes Winemaker’s Cut distinctive? Michal has been farming Deadman Lake Vineyard for almost a decade. Located between Oliver and Osoyoos in BC, this vineyard is situated on the western side of the Okanagan Valley, and lies 100 meters southwest of Deadman Lake, approximately a kilometer north of the famed Spotted Lake. The terrain is complex and rich in minerals, like magnesium, calcium, sulfur, and sodium, which add to the complexity of the soil and evident in the character of the wine.
The climate at Deadman Lake Vineyard is a unique microclimate where vineyard temperatures can remain above 30°C for extended periods of time during the summer. Long hot days provide abundant sunlight hours for photosynthesis and cool nights help to retain acidity in the fruit.
It could be the moon. I should know this. I’m a moon child. The Moon influences all aspects of life from emotions to energy. It is the rhythm of life every 28 days. At Winemaker’s Cut they work according to the lunar calendar. No, they don’t howl at the moon, they just stand back and allow nature to do its thing.
Following the tenets of sustainable farming, no pesticides are used in the vineyard and very low sulfur use in the winery. They say “winemaking starts in the vineyard” and this couldn’t be more true. The grapes are hand harvested and visually sorted. Using traditional winemaking methods, grapes are gently pressed, some spend time on skins, some in barrels, from a trio of French, American and Slovakian oak. All the while, listening to the great masters of classical music from the beginning of the end of the cycle.
The Winemaker's Cut Wines
We will be discussing these 6 bottles at our virtual tasting with the winemaker, Michal Mosny. Here are two fabulous wine offers in time for our upcoming BC Wine Wednesday May 3rd at 5:30 pm.
Winemaker’s Cut Wines 6 Pack for $219 including free shipping across Canada. No exclusions. If you are willing - double up, especially if you live east of BC where finding these wines is almost impossible unless you are a wine club member. For a more discrete pack there is the Winemaker’s Cut 4 pack for $142 plus $20 (reduced shipping charge) anywhere in Canada.
2022 Sauvignon Blanc (Not Released Yet)
Here is 100% Sauvignon Blanc which jumps out of the glass with fantastic fruit freshness of aromas and flavours leading with citrus fruit to green grass, gooseberry and finishing on a delicate, zippy mineral note. Good concentration and balance. No one does this better in the valley. I love this wine.
2022 Rosé (Not Released Yet)
Another favorite is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes with aromas and flavours of fresh, red fruit like tart cranberry, raspberry and pink grapefruit with a herbal and floral finish. It’s dry, vibrant, silky and structured. I’d sip this all spring and summer long but I don’t think quantities will last.
2021 Q&A RMV* (Released in February)
Here is 58% Roussanne 34% Marsanne and 8% Viognier. If you are looking for ABC - Anything But Chardonnay - this is a great option. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, green stone fruit and citrus with a rich body and elegant smoothness. Very sophisticated, great value and will continue to evolve as it ages.
*Acronyms need explanation. The origin of using acronyms on wine labels is distinctively Australian. Producers downunder started marketing GSM - Grenache Syrah and Mourvedre - with reference to the classic southern Rhone grapes putting the acronym on the label. RMV refers to Rhone white grapes, somewhat rare here in the Okanagan Valley - Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. Referred to as a field blend where grapes grow together, not in specific rows.
2020 Q&A RED (Released in November)
The inaugural collaboration is made from 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Black grapes all from the southern Okanagan in one of the best vintages yet. The aromas and flavours are ripe blackberry, cedar, clove and oak spice. The texture is smooth and lush. The flavours are concentrated. There is great balance and tension, with a lingering dry mineral finish. Lots of flavour, freshness and vibrancy in this unfined and unfiltered red wine. This wine can age for another 5 - 7 years. Grilled Rib-eye, anyone?
2020 Bohemian Cabernet Franc (Last 20 cases)
This premium label is 100% Cabernet Franc. The wine is a medium bodied style red differentiated by the red berry fruit, perfumed floral, under a blanket of soft black liquorice, green bell pepper and delicate spice. It’s very juicy, soft yet drying to the end. I’d serve this chilled with an abundant charcuterie board. It’s down to the last 20 cases. One more reason to order now.
2020 Bohemian Petit Verdot (Wine Club Exclusive)
It’s rare to find a BC winery bottling of Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot ripens only in the best vintages. Here is a powerful, black fruit and violet red wine that is defined by its structure. It’s fresh and flavourful with a beautiful deep purple hue in the glass. Unfined and unfiltered and only available to Wine Club Members. Another reason to order the wine offer now.
Register & Buy Wine
BC Wine Wednesday is coming to your living room on May 3rd at 5:30 pm on Zoom. Meet Michal and get the answers to your questions about his wines, his vineyard and his love of music. Follow the links to register for the event and order wine. Don’t be shy. I know you love wine like I do.
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