A Selection of BC Wine Gems from BC VQA 2019 Spring Wine Release

Bloom BC VQA Spring Release booklet
Bloom BC VQA Spring Release

Riesling, Pinot Gris and Viognier were prominent in this BC VQA Spring wine release tasting.  It is not surprising as white wine releases are more common in the Spring while more red wines are released in the Fall.  Viognier though I think made a bigger showing this year than in past years, and showed well.  Lots of fruit flavour and fuller-bodied.

As I mentioned in my previous article, 2018 BC Vintage Media Preview – What Did The Winemakers Say?, 2018 was a cooler vintage with a long season which gave the grapes the chance to fully ripen and keep their natural acidity high.  Some of the wines below are from 2018 and you will read that fruit flavours and acidity made bright, flavourful wines.  There are also some older vintages released from 2016-17.  Still great wines, and it should let you see that BC white wines don’t need to be drunk immediately.  Bottle age is OK.

Below is a selection of the white and sparkling wines that I thought were quite good.  In the Fall I will be covering the BC VQA Red Wine release.  Enjoy.

My Wine Picks

C.C. Jentsch Cellars Viognier 2016 ($17.70++) – This wine has a nice aromatic orange nose.  It is off-dry with medium acidity and body.  A mix of tropical fruit and orange flavours.  Tasty! 4 stars4.5 stars

Da Silva Riesling 2016 – Light petrol and apple on the nose with more on the palate. This wine has a slightly sweet edge that dries out toward the finish. Quite tart crisp apple flavour.  This wine will age nicely over 4-8 years. 4 stars4.5 stars

Harper’s Trail Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2018 ($14.51++) – Light stone fruit nose.  Medium-plus body with higher acidity.  Mineral.  Stone fruit and some grapefruit rind flavours. Medium-plus acidity. 4 stars4.5 stars

C.C. Jentsch Cellars Viognier 2016, Da Silva Riesling 2016, and Harper's Trail Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2018 wines
C.C. Jentsch Cellars Viognier 2016, Da Silva Riesling 2016, and Harper’s Trail Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2018 wines

Indigenous World Winery Pinot Gris 2018 ($12.99++) – Very aromatic; grapefruit and melon on the nose.  Grapefruit on the palate.  Dry, full body with medium acidity.  Highly recommended. 4.5 stars

Lang Vineyards Farm Reserve Riesling 2018 ($15.49++) – Light petrol and peach nose.  Semi-sweet, medium body and lighter acidity.  Semi-round mouthfeel. Apricots and honey flavours.  Age-worthy over 4-5 years. 4 stars4.5 stars

LaStella Winery Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017 ($16.99++) – Nice ripe apple, baked and bruised apple aromas.  Fuller body, smooth with medium acidity.  Bruised apple flavour. Nice. 4.5 stars

Indigenous World Winery Pinot Gris 2018, Lang Vineyards Farm Reserve Riesling 2018, and LaStella Winery Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017 wines
Indigenous World Winery Pinot Gris 2018, Lang Vineyards Farm Reserve Riesling 2018, and LaStella Winery Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017 wines

Moraine Estate Winery Riesling 2018 ($19.90++) – Very light citrus lime nose.  Off-dry, medium body with a mineral streak.  Citrus primarily with lesser peach flavour.  Tasty. 4.5 stars

Phantom Creek Estates Riesling 2017 ($24++) – Light, bright lemon colour.  Light honey and stonefruit aromas.  Dry, medium-plus body with higher acidity.  Crisp apple, peach skin and a hint of petrol on the palate. 4.5 stars

Phantom Creek Estates Viognier 2017 ($32++) – Ripe peaches and apricots and tropical fruits on the nose.  Full body with a thick mouthfeel.  Coconut, honey and ripe stone fruit flavours.  Intense! 4.5 stars5 stars

Moraine Estate Winery Riesling 2018, Phantom Creek Estates Riesling and Viognier 2017 wines
Moraine Estate Winery Riesling 2018, Phantom Creek Estates Riesling and Viognier 2017 wines

Singletree Winery Viognier 2018 ($14.61++) – Very light intensity nose showing ginger and stonefruits. Medium-plus body, dry with medium acidity.  A mix of tropical fruit and stonefruit flavours. 4 stars4.5 stars

Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris 2018 ($14.31++) – Nice light, fresh stone fruit nose.  Medium body, slightly off-dry with medium acidity.  Stonefruit and bramble leaf flavours.  An understated wine. 4.5 stars

Unsworth Vineyards Ltd Charme De L’ile NV ($19++) – Crab apple aromas that continue to the palate.  Off-dry with high acidity and lighter body.  Some floral hint as well. 4.5 stars

Singletree Winery Viognier 2018, Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris 2018, and Unsworth Vineyards Ltd Charme De L'ile NV wines
Singletree Winery Viognier 2018, Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris 2018, and Unsworth Vineyards Ltd Charme De L’ile NV wines

Tantalus Vineyards Blanc de Blancs 2016 ($24.47++) – This sparkling wine has a very nice nose of crab apples and McIntosh apples.  Dry with high acidity.  Small creamy bubble.  Crab apple on the palate. Delicious. 4.5 stars

Tantalus Vineyards Riesling 2018 ($19.25++) – Light stonefruit nose.  Semi-sweet, medium-plus body and medium-plus acidity.  Nice round mouthfeel.  Ripe apple flavour. 4.5 stars

Thornhaven Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2017 ($13.98++) – Lots of rose petals and lychee aromas.  Medium body, dry and medium acidity.  Honey, ripe peach and sweet spice flavours. 4.5 stars

Tantalus Vineyards Blanc de Blancs 2016, Tantalus Vineyards Riesling 2018, and Thornhaven Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2017 wines
Tantalus Vineyards Blanc de Blancs 2016, Tantalus Vineyards Riesling 2018, and Thornhaven Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2017 wines

Upper Bench Estate Winery Riesling 2018 ($17.90++) – A nice light intensity, ripe sweet stone fruit nose.  Higher acidity with a hint of sweetness.  Stone fruits and minerality on the palate. 4.5 stars

Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017 ($20.21++) – Toasty, tropical fruit nose.  Dry, full body with tasty tropical fruit flavours and a touch of butterscotch. 4 stars4.5 stars

Upper Bench Estate Winery Riesling 2018 and Chardonnay 2017 wines
Upper Bench Estate Winery Riesling 2018 and Chardonnay 2017 wines
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