Greata Ranch Estate Winery has an envious location. Just south of West Kelowna, right on the shore of Lake Okanagan. It’s a beautiful spot to look at the lake, the scenic hills across the water, and to sip wine. I was recently in Kelowna and thought I’d drop by to visit Greata Ranch as the last time I was there was when the winery first opened, which I found out from the the people in the Tasting Room was 10 years ago! Wow, it is amazing how time flies by. When I was there the first time, I was impressed by their first attempt at Pinot Noir, and was looking forward to trying their current release, but alas, there was no release this year. Instead they will be coming out with a Reserve level Pinot Noir in the Spring of 2014. I suggest keeping an eye out for it then.
My Tasting Notes
I was able to try 6 wines from Greata Ranch, covering white, red, and rose wines. Some were single varietals, while others were blends. All wines were under screwcap so meant to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. Let me tell you about them.
Greata Ranch Gewurztraminer 2012 – Nice melon, flowers and spice aromas. Off-dry, light body with peaches and flower flavours up front followed by spice and Juicy Fruit gum. The spice really lasts on the finish. I enjoyed this wine.
Greata Ranch Peachland White 2012 – This is a blend of 7 grape varieties, with the majority being Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. I think there is Gewurztraminer in there as well as it has a fair amount of the same Gewurztraminer nose, together with stone fruit (from the Pinot Gris). Medium minus body, dry with stone fruit flavour followed by the Juicy Fruit gum I tasted earlier. Medium acidity. An OK wine.
Greata Ranch Ehrenfelser 2012 – Ehrenfelser is a white grape born in Germany; a cross between Riesling and Silvaner. If you have not tried it, you should as it can make some very nice wine. It is in decline in Germany, but is being picked up by BC and Washington state. This wine had a light peachy, stone fruit nose. Round, medium body with really juicy apricot and apricot skin flavours. It just jumped out at your tastebuds. I also picked up a slight hint of spice. My favourite of all the wines.
Greata Ranch Rose 2012 – A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Light cherry and cranberry aromas. Medium acidity with a bit of a prickle on your tongue and cranberry flavour. This one was just OK for me.
Greata Ranch Peachland Red 2011 – A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Nice cherry, vanilla, and perfume on the nose. Medium body, dry with prominent sour cherries followed by dark cherries and vanilla. Puckering finish.
Greata Ranch Merlot 2011 – This wine is 87% Merlot, with the remaining percentage consisting of Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Darker ripe cherry nose. Medium body, round and dry on the palate, with ripe black cherries and some vanilla. Dry finish.
The two reds were straight forward wines to enjoy with a meal. Overall, I enjoyed their white wines more than the reds, and I await the release of their Reserve level Pinot Noir. Enjoy!