Black Market Wine Pack

Exclusive Selection By OkanaganWine.Club & Black Market Wine Company
VIP’s | May 7th
Members | May 8th

Watch this quick video and meet Black Market Wine Company

Meet Black Market Wine Company

Black Market Wine Company is all about breaking the rules. Calgarians Rob Hammersley and Michelle Shewchuk take high-quality grapes from vineyards around the Okanagan and craft a small amount of fine wines out of BC Wine Studio in Okanagan Falls, BC. BC Wine Studio is a custom wine crush facility and cooperative, a licensed winery space that up-and-coming winemakers can use without investing in their own equipment right off the bat.

Rob and Michelle have three kids. They live in Calgary and hold full time jobs there, so they make many short but sweet trips out to the Okanagan throughout the year. Michelle is a flight attendant with an international airline, and Rob is a senior corporate finance and strategy professional in the power and utilities industry. They love to travel to international wine regions and have been wine enthusiasts since their university days. For years they have been enjoying adventures in the Okanagan, and in all of that time, they have loved to seek out small wineries that didn’t distribute outside of BC because of their tiny size. Rob often tells the story of filling their vehicle to the brim with hard-to-find BC wine and “pinning it” across the provincial border. To Rob and Michelle, the only way to get these very special wines was through “the black market” or by hunting them down inconspicuously. This is how the name came about. Black Market wines are made with meticulous care, and they are distinct and reflective of place.

In 2012 Black Market celebrated its first vintage with only one hundred cases. They have since grown to produce just under 1000 cases last year. Michelle and Rob have studied wine through both travel and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) program. Rob has also studied viticulture and enology at Washington State University. Producing wine at the BC Wine Studio also has a ton of advantages. Through a mentorship with the facility’s owner Mark Simpson, they have gained hands-on experience in the vineyard and the winery. Also, because there are other winemakers that work out of BC Wine Studio, it is a cooperative environment and learning space for everyone involved. Rob and Michelle have found this experience invaluable and see it as a low-risk initial step toward owning their own winery. These days they are excitedly looking for their own winery property. 

Black Market has forged relationships with grape growers from areas such as Naramata and Oliver. Many of the trips fromCalgary include walking up and down vineyard rows and talking shop with local farmers. Having the versatility of choosing the best grapes they can find as opposed to owning their own vineyard appeals to them.

Rob and Michelle truly believe that wine is made in the vineyard. Their intention is not to create the same wine every year but rather to embrace natural vintage variation. By allowing the vintage to shine through, the end result is representative of the grape varietal and the story of the vintage. The grapes for these wines are grown by quality-driven farmers in an environmentally sustainable way and hand harvested into small bins. All of the work in the winery is done by hand and meticulously cared for by Rob. He uses a mix of French and American Oak of various ages and guides the wines to develop naturally.

About the wines

Black Market has seven wines in their portfolio, and this pack contains six of them. These wines are crafted to reflect the varietals’ natural character along with a sense of place. Rob and Michelle make wine that they like to drink, and they hope you will, too. A few of the wines in this pack are exclusive to Okanagan Wine Club.

To begin with, a mystery: 2016 Secret Society is a white blend that doesn’t list what the grapes are anywhere on the bottle. Can you guess? This wine is crisp, aromatic, and versatile. 2016 Collusion is a classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that spends a bit of time in neutral oak. The oak gives this fruity and refreshing wine great texture and depth. Next, the 2016 Semillon. This is one of Rob’s favorites because it was intended to be part of the blend for Collusion, but it developed so beautifully that he bottled fifty cases as a straight Semillon. This Semillon became the first wine in Black Market’s “Unsanctioned Series.” This series is for extra special wines that were made in miniscule amounts. Omerta is a crisp and lively Rose made with 100% Pinot Noir. Omerta has great structure and depth of flavour.

Now to the reds: the second wine in the “Unsanctioned Series” is the 2015 Pinot Noir. These grapes were partially whole cluster fermented and aged in one new French oak barrel for sixteen months. It has been resting in bottle for nearly another year and is completely exclusive to OWC. Lastly, the 2016 Syrah: Rob has a particular love for Syrah and believes that it will continue to be a star in the Okanagan Valley. The profile of this wine is slightly reminiscent of Black Forest cake, so dig in and enjoy. All of these wines are made for your enjoyment with care and with respect for the grape. Cheers!

Our Top Selected Wines from Black Market Wine Company

Secret Society 2016 – Black Market Wine Company – $19.04

Blend: We would love to tell you, but then, of course, we’d have to kill you. 

Tasting Notes:  Pineapple, lychee and orange blossom on the nose of this mysterious white blend. Lively acidity and a good dose of minerality complement palate notes of apple, honeysuckle, melon and light spice.

Pair: Spring green salad with grilled chicken.

Drinking Recommendations: Enjoy now.  

Why We Chose It: This is a secret and aromatic blend of three grape varietals from three different areas in the Okanagan: Oliver, Naramata and Osoyoos. See if you can guess what is in your glass!

pH 3.2 | TA 5.7 | RS 8.3 | Alc 11.9% | Cases Produced: 154

Collusion 2016 – Black Market Wine Company – $20.78

Blend: Sauvignon Blanc 75%,  Semillon 25%

Tasting Notes:
  Soft aromas of gooseberry, citrus and green grass. This dry white blend has a round mouthfeel with a bit of density and flavours of white grapefruit, vanilla and wet stones.

Pair: Prawn, arugula and goat cheese flatbreads.

Drinking Recommendations: Enjoy now.

Why We Chose It: Collusion is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that was carefully harvested to maintain a bright acidity. This wine comes into contact with a small amount of neutral oak. This enhances the texture and weight of the wine. These grapes are from Naramata and Osoyoos.

pH 3.13 | TA 6.6 | RS 2.3 | Alc 12% | Cases Produced: 100

Omerta 2016 – Black Market Wine Company – $19.04

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir 

Tasting Notes: A light salmon colour and delicate aromas of wild strawberry and rhubarb. A dry and crisp Rose that tastes like juicy raspberry and pink grapefruit with a lingering finish.

Pair:  Grilled snapper with baby potatoes and fiddleheads.

Drinking Recommendations: Enjoy Now.

Why We Chose It: This Rose is 100% Pinot Noir. These grapes are cultivated and grown with the expressed intention of making rosé wine. The Pinot Noir grapes were pressed in whole clusters, and winemaker Rob ceased the pressing when the desired pale colour was achieved after seven hours. These grapes come from a vineyard in North Oliver.

pH 3.53 | TA 5.2 | RS 3.2 | Alc 13.4% | Cases Produced: 100

“Unsanctioned Series” Semillon 2016 – Black Market Wine Company – $22.52 (Last Cases)

Tasting Notes: Delicate lemon custard, lightly toasted nuts, banana and wet stones. This is a medium bodied, dry white wine with a refreshing minerality and flavours of vanilla dusted brioche, apples and lemon.

Pair: Halibut cheeks with lemon and herbs.

Drinking Recommendations: Enjoy now.

Why We Chose It: The Unsanctioned Series is reserved for very special and limited wines. This is the first ever release of a 100% Semillon from Black Market, and these grapes are from Osoyoos.

pH 3.33 | TA 6.5 | RS 1.8 | Alc 12.5% | Cases Produced: 50

“Unsanctioned Series” Pinot Noir 2015 – Black Market Wine Company – $30.35 (Not Available to Public)

Tasting Notes: A fragrant nose of musky wild cherry, wood smoke and a hint of cracked caramel. This Pinot Noir has a rich feel that ends up tasting light and refreshing due to a juicy acidity. Svelte and structured tannins reveal palate notes of silky plum, toasted baking spices and slow cooked meat.

Pair: Duck breast with morel mushrooms.

Drinking Recommendations: Decant for 1 hour or cellar with confidence for five years..

Why We Chose It:  This is the second wine in the “Unsanctioned Series” from Black Market. It is exclusive to this offer because only 1 barrels’ worth was produced. This is a really special wine so don’t miss out!

pH 3.69 | TA 6.4  | RS  1.9| Alc 13.2% | Cases Produced: 22

Syrah 2015 – Black Market Wine Company – $26.00

Tasting Notes:  Poached cherry, white pepper, lavender, mocha and earthy moss. This is a silky yet structured Syrah with balanced tannins and mouthwatering acidity. The palate is bursting with flavours of juicy black fruit, dried tobacco, shaved dark chocolate, smoked bacon and deep, dark forest floor.

Pair: Late night pulled pork sliders.

Drinking Recommendations: Decant for 1 hour or cellar with confidence for 5 years.

Why We Chose It: These grapes are from a vineyard in Osoyoos. Winemaker Rob has a particular love for Syrah and believes that it will continue to be a star in the Okanagan Valley. The profile of this wine is slightly reminiscent of Black Forest cake so dig in and enjoy.

pH 3.8 | TA 6.6  | RS 1.9  | Alc 15.3% | Cases Produced: 135


Price from Winery: $159.00 * Includes Bottle Deposit and Taxes


NOTE: All the Black Market wine packs will be shipping Monday the 14th! Rob and Michelle will be making a special trip from Calgary to pack and send your wines. They can’t wait to live in the Okanagan full time – but until then, this will do. So please be a little patient waiting for your wines this time.

All packs will be sent via Canada Post weather permitting. 

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$20 $25 $35 $40

*No extra shipping on second order

When is this Sample Pack Available?

VIP Members| May 7th 2018
All Members| May 8th 2018
Closing Date| May 10th 2018 @ Midnight

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