Another 100 Point Wine from CheckMate

What originally began as an outrageous dream achieved the unthinkable last year when CheckMate Artisanal Winery was awarded a perfect 100-point score for our 2015 Little Pawn Chardonnay. Now, I am proud, and humbled, to share the news that we have been awarded a second 100-point score for the 2016 vintage of Little Pawn Chardonnay, the first Canadian winery ever to earn perfect scores across two consecutive vintages.

As only 7 barrels of 2016 Little Pawn Chardonnay were crafted, this wine will only be made available to CheckMate Wine Club Members in our Spring Shipment.  The Spring Shipment contains several member exclusive pre-releases including 2016 Knight’s Challenge, Fool’s Mate and Attack Chardonnays, as well as 2016 End Game and Silent Bishop Merlots.


Becoming a member ensures that you are invited to visit the winery, you will be included in future correspondence, vintage offerings and guarantees your preferred position on our allocation list.

Our 2016 Chardonnays were produced in limited quantities, many of which will not be made available to the general public.

A limited email offer to purchase three of our recently released 2016 Chardonnays (Capture, Queen Taken, Queen’s Advantage) and introduce you to our complete collection of 2015 Merlots.  Our 2016 Chardonnays were produced in limited quantities, many of which will not be made available to the general public.


To make getting our wines a little easier, CheckMate is also extending complimentary shipping across Canada on all orders.  Make the most of this special offer and restock your cellar with 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay.

Enjoy $10 off per bottle when you purchase six or more bottles.
These specials will be automatically added to your online order at checkout.



2016 Capture Chardonnay

The natural ferment contributes a lifted, aromatic and complex nose.  The palate opens with apple blossom, mandarin, honeycomb, spice and creamy stone fruits yet remains delicate with a long finish of sea salt and graphite.

94 pts

“This elegant wine begins with aromas of peach and citrus.  The palate echoes those fruits, along with spice notes.”

 – John Schreiner

$90.00 |  per bottle

2016 Queen Taken Chardonnay

This wine has essences of citrus peel and white peach, pear and wet stone, combined with delicate floral notes.  The palate has generous fruit flavours of peach, nectarine and apricot, layered mid-palate richness and focused acidity, providing a long, textured, mineral finish.

95 pts

“The wine has rich texture.  It begins with aromas of peach and pear.  On the palate, there are flavours of nectarines with a hint of minerality and spice.”

 – John Schreiner

$125.00 |  per bottle

2016 Queen’s Advantage Chardonnay

Deep, rocky soils and old, gnarly vines (planted in the early 1970’s) combine to create a wine with an intense bouquet of honeysuckle and stone fruits. The palate explodes in the mouth, being round and fleshy, yet silky all at the same time with hints of butterscotch, marmalade, butter and barrel spice.

96 pts

“The wine has concentration and texture that old vines can deliver.  It begins with stone fruit aromas mingled with buttery notes.  On the palate, there are buttery citrus flavours with hints of oak spice on the long finish.”

 – John Schreiner

$85.00 |  per bottle

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

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.


2015 Merlot Collection

We are pleased to announce the release of our complete collection of 2015 Merlots – End Game, Silent Bishop, Opening Gambit and Black Rook.  These  wines are available now online or in gift packaged Tournament Set.

A complete collection of our 2015 Merlot Release.

End Game $85 | Silent Bishop $85 | Opening Gambit $85 | Black Rook Merlot $85

Prices do not include taxes.


If you have questions or require some assistance with your order, please contact us by phone 250-707-2299 or by email

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