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Gratitude by JAKs wines for 2021

Gratitude by JAKs wines for 2021

JAK’s Beer Wine Spirits and Okanagan Crush Pad have collaborated for a second year to present four new limited release Gratitude Wines with $1 from each wine bottle being donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation in June 2021.  The British Columbia Hospitality Foundation is a charity that raises funds to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a health condition. The BCHF helps them when all other options have been exhausted.  The four wines I received to review for you are the:
  • Gratitude Bubbles 2019
  • Gratitude Chardonnay 2018
  • Gratitude Rosé 2019
  • Gratitude Red 2019
I am trying the Gratitude Chardonnay 2018 and the Rosé 2019 for this article. The Chardonnay is from a vineyard in the south of Oliver aged for two years in neutral oak barriques. Native yeast ferment and full malo-lactic fermentation for the Chardonnay.  The Gratitude Rosé is made from grapes harvested in Summerland and Oliver vineyards. Gently destemmed with 12 hours of skin contact before lightly pressing and fermenting naturally in concrete tanks. 

My Wine Tasting Notes

Gratitude Chardonnay 2018 (BC $21.99)

Appearance: A bright lemon colour in the glass.
Nose: Medium-plus intensity juicy pineapple and stone fruit aromas.  With decanting you can add a butterscotch aroma.
Palate: Dry, but very buttery smooth.  Medium-plus body and pronounced flavours; flavours of tropical fruit, pineapple, overripe pears, bruised apples and butterscotch. Light acidity, oak, vanilla and other sweet spices. The flavours and intensity persist after decanting.
Finish: A medium-plus length finishing with lots of pineapple flavour, light pepperiness and butterscotch.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars Lots of pineapple aromas, along with lesser juicy stone fruits and butterscotch aromas and flavours.  A bigger mouthfeel, round, smooth buttery texture.  Light sweet spices, and a touch of pepperiness on the finish.  A rich wine that deserves a rich dish.
 
Gratitude by JAK's Chardonnay 2018 and Rosé 2019 with wines in glasses

Gratitude by JAK’s Chardonnay 2018 and Rosé 2019 with wines in glasses

Gratitude Rosé 2019 (BC $21.99)

Predominately Pinot Noir and Gamay with a hint of Muscat.

Appearance: A lighter orange rose petal colour.
Nose: A medium-plus intensity with orange, strawberries, red fruits, and some toastiness. Same aromas and intensity with decanting.
Palate: Dry with a bigger mouthfeel.  Medium-plus acidity leaves an acidic prickle on your tongue.  Fresh fruit flavours.  Tart red fruits, strawberries, some minerality, a touch of orange and grape stem bitterness for complexity. A hint of tannins for some structure. With decanting the wine is a bit smoother and lighter in body, but still great fresh flavours.
Finish: Medium length with tart red fruits, mandarin orange, a touch of pepperiness, and light tannins.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Fresh red fruits, strawberries, orange and some toasty aromas. A dry wine with bigger mouthfeel.  Bright acidity and flavours of tart red fruits, strawberries and oranges.  A crushable summer Rosé.

Where Can I Buy These Wines?

Gratitude wines are available at all JAK’s locations and online.
Thank you for JAK’s for providing me with these wines to review.

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