Quails’ Gate is excited to share the news that their 2015 The Boswell Syrah and 2016 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay both received GOLD medals at the prestigious 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards in London, England.

2015 Boswell Syrah

The Boswell Syrah is named in honour of the Stewart family’s Grandparents and is part of their Anniversary Series collection. Each of the wines is crafted to the highest standards in limited quantities which are only available at the estate.

The 2015 Syrah is a beautifully complex wine that is reminiscent of the Syrah’s grown in the Northern Rhone Valley of France. Aromas of lavender, violet, white pepper and blueberry leap out of the glass. The palate is smooth and rich with flavours of juicy black fruit, spice and hints of leather mingling with elegant, supple tannins that linger on the finish. We suggest pairing with grilled lamb, braised venison or an array of aged hard cheeses. Decant the wine for an hour or two prior to serving to enhance your tasting experience.

It’s been a very exciting time in the vineyard. Rows and rows are fully flowering and it looks like they’re experiencing 25% more growth with the clusters compared to this time last year. It’s shaping up to be quite a growing season.


Rated 92 points on Wine Align  Retail: 54.99



2016 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay


As their flagship white wine at Quails’ Gate, the Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay has a reputation for its quality and consistency, and the 2015 is no exception. It is rich with a palate bursting with vibrant orchard fruit and an elegant creamy charm.


On the nose, notes of tangerine zest, orange blossom, dried sage and buttery shortbread. It is very well balanced with alluring fruit aromas, a refreshing acidity and lingering stony minerality. We suggest serving slightly chilled (10 to 12° C), slightly warmer than most white wines to fully enjoy its elegance. Pair alongside rich seafood dishes, such as lobster with butter or shellfish bisque. It would also be lovely with a finely minced beef tartare with parmesan and truffle or baked ham studded with cloves.


The fruit is sourced from our premium Chardonnay blocks on the volcanic slopes of Boucherie Mountain just above the winery. The Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in quality French oak, both new and old. Battonage and full malolactic fermentation were carried out to enhance the mid palate and give the wine its rich, creamy character.

Rated 92 points on Wine Align   Retail 39.99  Available on their online store.

Award winning quality wines at Quails’ Gate Winery, where they believe great wines begin in great vineyards. Through decades of research, careful crafting and an unwavering dedication to consistency, they have cultivated a reputation for delivering quality wines that pair perfectly anytime, anywhere.

In other areas of the property, they are switching over vintages for some of their aromatic whites and ramping up the number of tours on offer.

They are looking forward to seeing you at the Wine Shop, Old Vines Restaurant or at one of their events soon. Cheers to creating summer moments together!

When visiting the Okanagan, before you go: Do your homework and a bit of research about the wineries you wish to visit. Check the winery website to find out their months, days and hours that their Tasting Room is open. Know if you need to book your tasting in advance of your visit. Many wineries are now so busy there may be times that they are unable to accommodate you. It will be a much better visit if you have a confirmed appointment. Be on time. Expect to pay for your tasting, some, but not all wineries refund all or a portion of the fee if you purchase wine. Plan ahead for a designated driver or use the services of a wine tour company. Limit the number of wineries you visit in a day. A more leisurely timeline will increase your enjoyment. For the best overall experience, I like to limit my daily visits to no more than three maximum, and if a winery lunch is on the agenda, no more than two winery tastings.

Tasting notes courtesy of Quails’ Gate.

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