#ShiptoSip with CheckMate Artisanal Winery

We are thrilled to add CheckMate to our #ShiptoSip wineries offering shipping incentives. For a limited time, complimentary shipping on all orders (3+bottles) automatically applied at checkout.

The entire 2015 Merlot collection is now available! Plus a special offer on 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay. Wines of this outstanding quality are a tribute to the BC wine industry which is why we personally recommend and count these wines as our #FavouriteThings.

These highly anticipated wines are now on offer and available to purchase online.

2015 End Game Merlot

A complex, lifted nose, showcasing sassafras, licorice, spices, deep red fruits and vanilla. The palate is rich, with savoury notes, good weight, firm tannins and immense length.

94 pts

“It begins with aromas of cassis, blackberry and spice. The palate delivers dark fruits mingled with a hint root beer. The tannins are ripe and the texture is approachable.”

 – John Schreiner

90 pts

“Exotic truffle and floral aromas introduce this rich, polished red. The black cherry, blackberry, iron and spice flavors are up front, with firm tannins and vivid acidity providing support. Fine length.”

 – Wine Spectator

$85.00 |  per bottle available online

Please Note: Individual bottles are sold in cases of 3. Please ensure your order is a minimum of 3 bottles, in any configuration of your choice, to prevent a delay in shipping. Prices do not include taxes.

2015 Silent Bishop Merlot 

A nose of intense red and black fruits, floral notes, coffee, tobacco and spice. The palate has well-balanced acidity, fruit and oak; producing a wine of harmony and length.

96 pts

“This wine has aromas of cassis and blueberries; those notes mingle in the palate with an array of dark fruits. Good acidity gives the flavours a pleasant freshness.”

 – John Schreiner

91 pts

“Appealing for the ripe, sweet, juicy cherry and blueberry fruit, this red reveals a dense structure. Tobacco, mineral and cedar notes add depth as this unwinds on the long aftertaste.”

 – Wine Spectator

$85.00 |  per bottle available online

Please Note: Individual bottles are sold in cases of 3. Please ensure your order is a minimum of 3 bottles, in any configuration of your choice, to prevent a delay in shipping. Prices do not include taxes.

2015 Opening Gambit Merlot 

An elegant nose of blackcurrant and black fruits with creamy undertones and floral notes. The palate is charming with a rich entry giving way dark, ripe fruits an supple tannins.

96 pts

“Rich and concentrated, the wine begins with aromas of black currant, black cherry and raspberry. The dark fruits carry the palate and fill the mouth. There is a note of spice on the lingering finish.”

 – John Schreiner

$85.00 |  per bottle available online

Please Note: Individual bottles are sold in cases of 3. Please ensure your order is a minimum of 3 bottles, in any configuration of your choice, to prevent a delay in shipping. Prices do not include taxes.

2015 Black Rook Merlot

A lifted nose of roses, aniseed and bramble fruit and coffee beans. The palate is rich with dark fruits, cassis and savoury tannins coating the mouth.

95 pts

“The wine begins with aromas of raspberry, black cherry and vanilla. On the palate, there are rich flavours of black cherry, sage and licorice, with supple ripe tannins.”

 – John Schreiner

$85.00 |  per bottle available online

Please Note: Individual bottles are sold in cases of 3. Please ensure your order is a minimum of 3 bottles, in any configuration of your choice, to prevent a delay in shipping. Prices do not include taxes.

2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay

An extremely complex wine with aromas of yellow peach, melon, perfume, almonds and caramelized oak with hints of graphite. The palate has a rich entry with flavours of peach and apricot. It maintains richness throughout its length, backed by fresh acidity and a salty finish.

93+ pts

“The nose displays a beautiful bouquet of grilled pineapple, Meyer Lemon and lime parfait, brioche, sea breeze salinity, and delicate spice. The body is creamy, refreshing, and luscious with expressive tropical fruit balanced with minerality and baked bread flavours that persist on the finish. An incredibly smooth and layered wine with an exceptionally long textured finish.”

 – Matt Steeves

92 pts

“Lush, laced with talcum powder, peach, pear and pastry aromas and flavors. Offers intensity and elegance, followed by lingering accents of floral and pastry. Seamless.”

– Wine Spectator

$80.00 |  per bottle available online  Special offer: save $10 per bottle if you purchase 6 or more bottles!

Please Note: Individual bottles are sold in cases of 3. Please ensure your order is a minimum of 3 bottles, in any configuration of your choice, to prevent a delay in shipping. Prices do not include taxes.

New World Chardonnay & Merlot, with Old World Elegance

The von Mandl family began their journey over 40 years ago. The first sign of the real potential of the vineyards came in 1994 with a surprise win at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Top Chardonnay in the World.’ The family has developed exceptional vineyards with distinctive Chardonnay and Merlot clones, some of which are now over 40 years old, at what are now CheckMate Artisanal Winery vineyards.

The region is the ecologically pristine Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, north of the 49th parallel and 105 miles long. Glacial fed lakes stretch along a narrow valley floor at an altitude of more than 1200 feet. As the world warms, cool regions such as the Okanagan Valley provide a new frontier for world class Chardonnay and Merlot. Cooler regions are now consistently providing sufficient warmth during their growing seasons to fall within the climatic envelopes for these classic Burgundian and Bordeaux varietals.

Tasting notes, bottle shots and images are courtesy of the winery.

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