As part of a portfolio tasting from icon Fine Wine & Spirits a few weeks ago, a BC winery that I have heard of, and had a quick taste during one of the large BC VQA Trade tastings, surprised me. Intersection Winery from the Okanagan surprised me with the great quality that they were offering. Many of their wines I rated at 4.5/5 stars and the remainder 4 stars. I don’t remember a time when I gave all the wines from a winery such high ratings. But here it was. Written in paper, stained with wine. An intersection of grape and winemaker skill. And located at a major intersection on Highway 9.
As the owner, Bruce Schmidt, says on their website, “We also feel that this project is truly an “intersection” of lifestyle, quality experiences, and great food and friends (who like decent wine).” The winery started off from the purchase of a mixed fruit orchard in 2005, and was initially planted with Merlot. Viognier and Riesling were later planted. They do offer 2 different Merlot, as I review the wines below. The property must have a mix of soil types, which Bruce has carefully examined and mapped, in order to define his Alluvia vs Silica Merlot. You will see that there are differences in the wines, based on soil type. Let me tell you about their wines.
My Wine Notes
Intersection Winery Riesling 2014 – A very nice stone fruit nose. Between dry and off-dry. Light body and mouth feel with medium plus acidity. Apples and petrol on the palate with a long finish. A very balanced wine. Rating:
Intersection Winery Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented 2013 – This wine is whole bunch pressed with the free run juice fermented in new and neutral French oak barrels, then aged on its lees for 6 months. Light oak and tropical fruit on the nose, with more light oak on the palate. Medium plus acidity with flavours of green apples, some pine needles, and restrained tropical fruit flavours. Citrusy finish. Rating:
Intersection Winery Viognier – Marsanne Reserve Barrel Fermented 2013 – This wine is also whole bunch pressed, fermented in neutral French oak barrels and then aged on lees for 6 months. It has light lees and peach aromas in the glass. Dry, round with medium plus body; almost a viscous mouth feel, which is probably a result of the ageing on the lees. Bruised apple and light oak flavours with sweet spices in particular nutmeg on the finish. Mouth watering acidity on the finish. Rating:
Intersection Winery Alluvia Unfiltered Merlot 2012 – A limited production, single vineyard Merlot from Intersection’s estate vineyard in an area with deep rock and silt soils. Ripe, juicy cassis fruit nose. Medium plus body, round and dry, with flavours of red apples, ripe cassis, vanilla and nutmeg. Very good quality. Rating:
Intersection Winery Silica Unfiltered Merlot 2012 – Estate grown Merlot that is rooted in sandy soils. This wine has a meaty, tomato soup, and ripe cassis aromas. Medium plus body with lighter tannins. Dry, but not quite round. Lighter mouth feel. More of the meatiness from the nose to the palate. An interesting wine. Rating:
Where Can I Buy These Wine?
There is a lengthy list of stores where you can buy the wines, and restaurants where you can enjoy the wines with your meal. The stores are:
For the restaurants, click on this link to their Retail Partners page. Enjoy.