This vintage is another classic example of a Quails’ Gate Riesling. It is crisp, dry and refreshing with wonderfully balanced acidity. True Riesling lovers will appreciate this wines cellaring potential which will allow the acids to soften over time and integrate with the rich Riesling flavours.
The wine is dry, vibrant and zesty. On the nose you will find aromas of intense lime, orange blossom, Granny Smith apple and wet stones. The well balanced palate combines powerful citrus flavours and orchard fruit, leading to a long, refreshing finish. Enjoy this wine with ceviche, crab cakes topped with apple and fennel slaw, salmon sashimi, chicken picatta or summer salads with citrus vinaigrette.
Lucy’s Block Rosé
Named after Grandmother, Lucy Mary Whitworth, this elegant dry rosé is a single vineyard blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grapes from our Westpoint Vineyard in East Kelowna.
Light pink in colour, this rosé is elegant and complex. Expect notes of fresh berries, summer blossoms, delicate herbs and a subtle pepper spice. The palate is dry with unexpected weight and texture and a refreshing, lingering finish. A versatile food wine – try it alongside fresh BC seafood, fresh crab salad with summer herbs and melon or charcuterie.
Rosemary’s Block Chardonnay
Rosemary’s Block Chardonnay is dedicated to Mother Rosemary and her role in creating the Family’s winery. This beautifully crafted Chardonnay is graceful and refined with an impressive intensity at its core.
Made in a Burgundian style, this wine is beautifully complex with aromas of stone fruit and white flowers as well as toasted almonds and brioche. On the palate, there is a mouth-watering freshness that is elegantly balanced with subtle toasty notes and an elongated mineral finish. Our recommendation is to serve this Chardonnay at 10 to 12°C, slightly warmer than most white wines.Try pairing with roasted halibut, shellfish ceviche, linguine & clams or a roasted chicken with lemon and thyme.
Richard’s Block Pinot Noir
The wine is named after Father, Richard, who was instrumental in bringing this noble grape to the Okanagan Valley in the early 1970s. All of the fruit was sourced from established blocks on the Boucherie slopes right above the winery.
Complex and multi-layered with aromas and flavours of violets, cherry and raspberry fruit, exotic spice, as well as notes of forest floor and earth. The mouthfeel is beautifully structured with polished tannins and a very long finish. We recommend serving this wine at 15°C to fully enjoy your experience. Pair alongside duck, venison, grilled BC salmon and dishes that include beets or wild mushrooms.
A classic summer sipper, our 2017 Rosé is fresh, approachable and fruit-forward. An easy-going dry Rosé, this wine delivers exceptional flavour and value.
A beautiful salmon pink in the glass, notes of red berries, melon and fresh herbs lead to a refreshing, dry finish. The perfect patio, poolside or picnic pairing. With its incredible versatility, this wine would pair well with a variety of dishes including fresh caprese salad, pizza or rosemary roasted chicken.
The 2016 season was a particularly good one with ideal growing conditions which provided lovely ripe fruit. This is a beautifully crafted wine with the vast majority kept in stainless steel to maintain the bright, fresh, vivid fruit notes. A small percentage was kept in older oak to add texture, mouthfeel and subtle oak influences.
On the nose, expect fragrant aromas of jasmine along with notes of pear and vanilla shortbread. The palate is bursting with bright stone fruit flavours along with a hint of caramel. This wine has very good intensity, a nice texture and beautiful mouthwatering acidity.A versatile food wine, this wine will pair beautifully with citrus roasted halibut, roast chicken, beef carpaccio with parmesan and fresh herbs, or smoked salmon with crème fraîche.
The Bench Pinot Gris
The family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. They believe great wines begin in the vineyards and are deeply passionate about the quality of their wines. The Bench Pinot Gris is part of the Collector Series selection. Each of these wines are grown in specific vineyard sites and crafted to the highest possible standards. They are made in very limited quantities and only available at our estate.
A beautiful pale lemon colour in the glass, the 2016 opens with alluring citrus and floral aromas. This wine is crisp and elegant with flavours of white flowers, honeysuckle, lemon and stone fruit. Restrained use of quality French oak adds a graceful, creamy texture to this wine. Try pairing with fresh seafood, such as seared scallops or halibut en papillote. Pork tenderloin topped with grilled peaches would also be a perfect match.
An immigrant from Ireland, Grandfather Richard Stewart Sr. insisted that Connemara was the most beautiful part of his home country. This exclusive red blend is a selection of Bordeaux varieties grown throughout the Okanagan Valley.
The wine is deeply coloured with aromas of ripe dark berry and currant fruits, violets and enticing sweet spices of cinnamon and clove. The palate is a beautiful combination of elegance, complexity and balance with great fruit concentration, supple tannins and a long lingering finish. We suggest decanting for an hour or two prior to serving. We recommend pairing alongside your best cuts of red meats and aged hard cheeses.
Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir
Their flagship red wine, the Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir is elegant and complex blending Old World charm and New World nuances. It is made in limited quantities and only in vintages of exceptional quality.
An elegant and enchanting wine, expect an inviting blend of cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruit with classic notes of undergrowth and the quality French oak providing an intriguing array of spices. The palate is seductive and complex with smooth, polished tannins and a lingering finish. Try pairing with French onion soup, duck confit, or even braised beef with roasted root vegetables and celeriac purée.
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 three, maximum two wineries if a winery lunch is on the agenda.
Tasting notes courtesy of Quails’ Gate.
About Quails’ Gate Winery: One of the Okanagan Valley’s foremost wineries, Quails’ Gate is family owned and operated. It has an international reputation for producing premium wines that perfectly express the terroir of their origin, and the winery itself has become a renowned wine and culinary destination in its own right.