Intense and lively floral, citrus and stone fruit [nose] and palate with moderate balanced acidity. Quite ripe, dry on the palate, with a long citrus finish.
89 Points, NWAC June 2016
The Canadian wine industry continues to grow and thrive in the 21st century, with production concentrated in two provinces: British Columbia and Ontario. Because of the harsh Canadian winters, vineyards are planted near the southern border, almost exclusively adjacent to large bodies of water that moderate the climate and prevent winter freeze and spring frosts. In British Columbia, the most venerated wine region is the Okanagan Valley, one of the world's most northerly viticulture areas. From spectacularly scenic vineyards, the Okanagan Valley produces dazzling wines made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. Canada's largest wine region is the Niagara Peninsula. Climatically, this region is similar to Burgundy, which explains its success in growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Niagara also produces outstanding Riesling and noteworthy Gamay (the grape responsible for Beaujolais). Further east is Prince Edward County, a relatively new wine region that emerged in the early 2000s, which is now seeing tremendous growth. Though young, the region produces remarkable Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in part because of its unique limestone-based subsoil.
Vines were first planted in British Columbia in 1859. There are now over 100 wineries, 5,500 acres under vine, and 60 different grape varieties planted in four distinct appellations; Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Similkameen Valley, and the Okanagan Valley. The most prominent appellations are the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys, each of which are protected from significant rainfall from two mountain ranges. The climate here is quite hot and dry creating ideal conditions for growing grapes. Varieties that thrive here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.
As one of Canada’s foremost family-owned and -operated estate wine producers, Quails’ Gate is internationally recognized for their premium and terroir-focused wines. Owned and operated by the Stewart Family, pioneering horticulturists for over 100 years, Proprietors Ben and Tony Stewart’s father, Richard, put in Canada’s first successful plantings of Pinot Noir in 1975.
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