White Grapes we grow in our Saanich Vineyards
Pinot Gris is one of the largest plantings on Vancouver Island. We make two different styles of wine from this grape. Our Pinot Gris is crisp, with lemon, lime and pear aromatics and flavors and a hint of minerality. Our barrel aged Pinot Gris finishes its ferment in neutral oak barrels, and has a softer rounder mouthfeel. The barrel provides a little more complexity to the wine – but does not overpower.
Few vineyards grow Gewurztraminer here on Vancouver Island. It’s a bear to manage in the vineyard and yields are low, however it makes a wonderful aromatic wine every year. Full of lychee aromas and flavors, with grassy notes and exotic florals, it makes a distinctive medium bodied wine. We love it in the winery – and it never lasts long in the tasting room. Hint: it sells out quickly!
Ortega is common on the island as a single varietal. It is a cross between Siegrebbe and Muller-Thurgau – both very aromatic wines. It yields well in our climate and ripens early: usually 2 – 3 weeks before our Pinots. We make our Ortega as a light dry wine and it has wonderful aromatics and flavors of white peaches and lemon lime. Fantastic with our island seafood!
Red Grapes we grow in our Saanich Vineyards
We have a large planting of Pinot Noir and every year we make a dry French style rosé wine from most of the fruit. The wine has an amazing nose of strawberries and violets, with berry flavors and grassy notes, and a distinct finish of fresh ripe strawberries. In hot years (2006, 2009, 2014, 2015) we make a red aged in high quality French barrels. Our 2014 Pinot Noir is now available in the tasting room. Enjoy!
Millot is similar in parentage to Marchal Foch; both are believed to be a cross with Goldreisling (itself a cross) and Vitis riparia/rupestris. Our Millot is light in style, similar to a Beaujolais, and is best served slightly chilled, making it a wonderful summer wine. The wine has huge fresh raspberry and blackberry flavors, which balances nicely with the light contribution of vanilla and spice from the few months the wines spends in American oak barrels.
Although similar in parentage to Millot, we make Foch in a very different style. We leave the developing wine for over a year in newer American oak barrels sur lie and the result is a medium bodied wine with rich plum and cassis and undertones of cinnamon, mocha, chocolate, and vanilla,