I have two wines to tell you about from Blue Grouse Estate Winery, their Estate Ortega 2019 and their Quill Q White 2019. Both of these wines are vegan friendly. The Q White is a blend of Schonburger, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Siegerrebe grapes. Schonburger is a cross between Pinot Noir x (Chasselas x Muscat Hamburg). Siegerrebe is a cross between Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer. These crossings were both made in Germany, and are reliably early ripening. At the time of these crossings, global warming was not as evident, the climate was cooler in Germany and elsewhere, so having grapes that have good flavour and ripen early were sought. These grapes have spread around the world, and as I’ve mentioned we grow them here in BC.
If you are wondering what dishes you can enjoy with these types of white wines, look no further than our range of fresh seafood in BC. If seafood is not your thing, look to the dishes of Alsace and in Germany. Alsatian dishes like Tarte Flambee (Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart), Sauerkraut with Pork and Sausages, and Chicken in Vinegar Sauce. Now that you know a few food pairings, let me tell you about these wines.
My Tasting Notes
Blue Grouse Estate Winery Estate Ortega 2019 (BC $23.99) – This wine has a pale bright straw colour. A very pleasing nose with orange and citrus, white flowers, baby powder and beeswax. With some air you start to get peach aroma as well. After some decant time the nose aromatics were lighter, and were primarily citrus and orange.This wine is off-dry with a medium plus body with a round but not full mouth feel. It has a light acidic prickle. Very light citrus and green fruit flavours, along with a touch of orange and with some swirling you also get peach flavour. There is some steeliness to this wine as well. The wine feels rounder and a fuller mouthfeel with decanting. You still get peach, orange, and citrus flavours. It has a medium plus length finishing with citrus and citrus pith. The pith flavour diminishes with decanting. Overall I prefer the freshly opened bottle as the aromatics are more exciting, but decanting does make the wine rounder.
Rating: A delicious nose upon opening with oranges, citrus, white flowers and beeswax. Medium plus body with light acidic prickle. Overall light intensity citrus and green fruit flavours.
Blue Grouse Estate Winery Q White 2019 (BC $19.99) – It has a pale bright straw colour in the glass. A pronounced nose with mainly pine needles, but also citrus up front and oranges coming in later. With decanting the range of aromas gets larger and more interesting. I get pine needles, lychee, citrus and lime. This wine is dry, lighter bodied with medium minus acidity, giving this wine a silky smooth feel. Light roundness. Some minerality on the palate, but primarily pine needles followed by citrus and then peach flavours. The mouthfeel gets bigger with decanting and you can add lychee flavour to the palate. It has a medium plus length lingering finish with mouthwatering acidity, pine needles and peach flavours, then orange at the very end. With decanting you get some citrus pith and light pepperiness added to the finish. I do enjoy this wine a bit better with decanting.
Rating: – with decanting. This is a fresh vibrant wine. Mainly pine needles on the nose and palate, but you can also add citrus, peach and lychee. A light mouthfeel and very smooth.