Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Dry Riesling - 87pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Dry Riesling (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $15.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: TBA
Date Tasted: April 25th, 2018

Tasting Notes: The delicate nose of peach skin and nectarine aromas is no indication of the tart, grapefruit and green apple punch to the gut your palate is soon to experience. This (somewhat) dry Riesling is loaded with an array of citrus fruit and fresh, slightly under-ripe apple flavours and acidity. Pair with a contrasting texture of hard, white cheese to avoid palate fatigue.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Chenin Blanc - 88pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Chenin Blanc (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 3000 cases
Date Tasted: April 23rd, 2018

Tasting Notes: A consistently well-produced and refreshingly crisp Chenin Blanc, sourced from multiple vineyard sites in the Okanagan Valley, with plenty of texture and layers of stone fruit, lemon grass, minerals, lees and orchard fruit. Again we see 10% Sauvignon Blanc blended in to enhance the nose and citrus elements on the mouth-watering palate.
 Ready to go now. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Rosé - 88pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Rosé (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $16.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 8500 cases
Date Tasted: April 16th, 2018

Tasting Notes: Quite possibly the best valued BC ros
é on offer in the market today with a kiss of residual sugar and plenty of character on the fruit'n'savoury nose and the lip-smackin', textured palate. A blend of 50% Gamay Noir, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Gris, look for earthy strawberry, cranberry, citrus peel, white pepper, sage and fleshy plum notes and  grippy acidity and tannins on the finish. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Gewurztraminer - 87pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2017 Gewurztraminer (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $15.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: TBA
Date Tasted: April 16th, 2018

Tasting Notes: The Quails' Gate Gewurztraminer offers a nice balance between 'goo-ey' and 'lean' examples of the Alsatian variety as produced in the Okanagan Valley with classic lychee, floral and apple notes on the casual nose and the upbeat palate where off-dry levels of residual sugar are nicely offset by pineapple acidity.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Mission Hill Estate Winery 2016 Five Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc - 85pts

Mission Hill Estate Winery 2016 Five Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Okanagan Valley) BC
Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $13-15 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5
Date Tasted: April 14th, 2018


Tasting Notes: Soured from vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos, this entry-level Sauvignon Blanc offers some variety typicity in the form of bright, green apple acidity and mineral-infused citrus notes on the nose and (mostly) dry palate, Beyond that, the dominant characteristics are 'lean, tart, white'. 

Could you add 'tasty' to the list? Yes, but classic Sauvignon Blanc it is not. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca