The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC), the country’s largest competition of Canadian wines, is held annually in mid to late June. Each year, somewhere in Canadian wine country, co-founders Anthony Gismondi and David Lawrason assemble Canada’s leading wine writers, trade buyers and sommeliers to evaluate the current crop of 100 percent Canadian grown and made wines and ciders.
Here are some of the Gold Medal Winners we are tasting!
Quail’s Gate Dry Riesling 2017
This vintage is another classic example of our Quails’ Gate Riesling. It is crisp, dry and refreshing with wonderfully balanced acidity. True Riesling lovers will appreciate this wines cellaring potential which will allow the acids to soften over time and integrate with the rich Riesling flavours.
Terravista Fandango 2017
Opulent scents of apricot and pineapple with a touch of herbal come wafting out of the glass of our 7th vintage of Fandango. A field blend of Albarino (57%) and Verdejo. The palate is round and unctuous with crisp flavours of golden apple and peach skin, yet reminiscent of alpine meadow after rain. Always nervy and ripe with juicy lemony energy echoing on the finish.
Bartier Brothers Chardonnay 2015
Honey, caramel, peach, lime, gunsmoke, soft finish. 10 months in stainless steel and neutral 225-litre barrels, sur lie. A staff Fav.
Gray Monk Pinot Noir 2016
Burgundy in colour, this wine has a fine aroma of blackberries and rose petals. There is a hint of raspberry in the flavour. Decanting this wine brings out the characteristic silky texture of Pinot Noir. Served slightly cool, this is excellent with salmon as well as red meats and cheese.
Unsworth TimBuckTwo Cab Merlot 2016
A big and bold Meritage blend made from Okanagan fruit on Vancouver Island.
Rich plum, cherry and raisin with soft tannins. Enjoy on its own or with your favorite meat dishes. 50% Cabernet Franc 30% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Spicy aromas along with black pepper and cherry, with multi-layered flavours of berries and pepper.