We can’t stop raving about the local wines at West Harbour! We’ve already featured the best West Kelowna wineries over a year ago, but we have yet to specify the best wines of West Kelowna. However, that ends today! As a result, we’ve gone back to those wineries we featured, and we’ve asked them to pick their best wines. We also asked the wineries tell us about them and why they’re the best. Of course, these West Kelowna wineries did not disappoint, giving us a variety of answers ranging from the hatch’s B. Yanco to finally ending with Volcanic Hills’ Gewurztraminer. Without further ado, West Harbour presents the best of the best, in their own words.
Are legends made, or are they born? Ask our friend B. Yanco here and he will say they’re both, and neither. B Yanco, the legend, was crafted from the finest of grapes and molded into the most esteemed of bottles as a constant reminder that in this work-a-day world of ours the line between greatness and reality is definite and achievable.
For 2017 we return to the formula of Pinot Blanc from the hatch-home vinyeard in West Kelowna and with a dollop of Viognier added in. The fat fruity honeysuckle tones of Vio meld in perfectly with the fresh, crisp and mineral driven notes that you’ve come to love from our Pinot Blanc.
The flagship varietal at Quails’ Gate, this Pinot Noir is made for sharing and pairing. The grapes are grown at our estate vineyard on the slopes of Mount Boucherie where the rich volcanic soils add complexity and depth to this elegant wine. Easy drinking, fruit forward and complex, it is perfect on its own or with a beautiful bbq salmon, roasted chicken or savoury mushroom risotto. Cheers!
Hee-Hee-Tel-Kin – is named after Indigenous World Winery’s owners Robert and Bernice Louie’s youngest son Trenton who has been toiling in the vineyards and production facilities since the winery’s inception in 2013. Hee-Hee-Tel-Kin is the Okanagan Syilx name bestowed on Trenton, and the word describes a majestic, high-country stag with large antlers. The Stag on the label with a wine press in hand represents Trenton on his journey learning to make wine. The signature wine from Indigenous World Winery is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged for 18 months in French and American Oak. The wine displays warm fruit characteristics of cherry and blackberry with notes of clove, vanilla, and toasty oak.
Our 2016 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer is off-dry and is the family favourite. It is perfectly paired with mild or spicy Asian cuisine, and for our household, that means East Indian curry. It has a fresh nose of gala apple, peach and citrus. This Gewurztraminer also has a round palate with notes of apple, peach, lychee with a touch of spice to finish.
The grapes used to make our 2016 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer are self-rooted and came from our Orchard Block vineyards at Elliott Road which was originally planted in 1999. This special clone produces small clusters and low yield, adding to its unique creamy texture. This wine was then cold fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks to preserve the acidity and aromatics of the wine. We currently have a total of 65 acres of vineyards in West Kelowna, all within kilometreters of our winery, along with 7 acres planted onsite.
Of course, you would like to read more about some of the benefits of buying a new home in West Harbour, where all these West Kelowna wineries are nearby, please have a look at this list of “9 Reasons To Buy Your Home On Leased Land”!