Reviewing wines when it is hot outside and then inside your home is difficult. But today I decided to open two white wines, one still and one sparkling from Nostalgia Wines from the Okanagan. I opened the Nostalgia Wines Pinot Gris 2020 and the Nostalgia Wines Chantilly Lace 2020, a blend of Kerner and Chardonnay made with the Frizzante sparkling method. Let me tell you about these wines.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Nostalgia Wines Pinot Gris 2020 ($21.99)
235 cases of this wine are made. All grapes are handpicked then fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Appearance: Medium-plus intensity bright lemon colour.
Nose: A medium intensity nose showing rich, ripe pears and other stone fruits, and some candied fruits. It had quite a tropical, pineapple, nose with decanting, but still get pears and peaches as well.
Palate: Dry, round, and smooth. Medium-plus body with a thicker mouthfeel. A very light acidic prickle (giving the wine some structure) and a touch of minerality. You get pear and apricot flavours, but they are subtle. With decanting you get ripe pineapple flavours, along with the pears and peach. The flavours are much bolder. Also, the pepperiness which was more on the finish became stronger and started from the mid-palate to the finish.
Finish: A medium plus length finishing with pears, and lingering light pepperiness.
Give this wine a decant to get a wider variety of aromas and bigger flavours on the palate. This wine went well with some grilled garlic shrimp I made for dinner.
Rating: Rich ripe pears and other stone fruit aromas upon opening. Add pineapple with decanting. This wine is dry with a round, thicker mouthfeel. Ripe pears and apricot flavours to start, but with decanting the flavour intensity increases and you can add pineapple as well. The wine also becomes more peppery.
Nostalgia Wines Chantilly Lace 2020 ($24.99)
425 cases of this wine are made. A blend of 81% Kerner (Home Vineyard, Oliver) and 19% Chardonnay (Home Vineyard, Oliver). Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Made with the Frizzante method (Charmat method with a low CO2 level making the wine lightly sparkling). I don’t usually decant sparkling wine, but this wine I did re-cap after my initial tasting and then tried the wine later. It did taste better!
Appearance: Clear with a lighter lemon-green colour and larger-sized bubbles in the glass.
Nose: A lighter nose with a mix of lemon and lime plus a touch of peach aromas. With decanting you get more pronounced sweet spices and tropical fruit, plus lesser amounts of citrus and peach aromas.
Palate: Off-dry, with very creamy, medium-sized bubbles that fill your mouth then dissipate mid-palate. Medium-plus body, flavour intensity and acidity. Lemon, lime plus a touch of peach on the palate. The tropical fruit on the nose continued to the palate after decanting, plus the bubbles were a bit more aggressive and lasted from the start to finish of the sip; no dissipation on the mid-palate.
Finish: A medium length finishing with light sweet citrus and an acidic prickle.
You can open this wine and enjoy it on the patio now, but if you don’t finish the bottle, that’s OK. It will taste even better tomorrow.
Rating: – Upon opening the wine has a light lemon-lime aroma plus a touch of peach. Larger bubbles on the glass. Off-dry with very creamy medium-sized bubbles on the palate. Lemon and lime with a touch of peach flavours. If you do open the next day, add tropical fruit aromas and flavours for your enjoyment.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
2020 Nostalgia Pinot Gris ($21.99)
Currently available for purchase online at nostalgiawines.ca and in-person at the winery. You may be able to find this wine at private wine stores throughout BC in the coming months.
Pin Up Series Chantilly Lace ($24.99)
Newly available for purchase as of May/June 2021. Buy this wine online at nostalgiawines.ca, in-person at the winery, and at select Save On Foods stores throughout the province in the coming months (the 2018 vintage is currently available at Save On Foods stores).