Our Wines: Quails' Gate
Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines.
The 2014 vintage was a particularly good one with plenty of warmth and sunshine, ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The resulting wine is smooth, rich and full bodied with notes of ripe black fruits, cassis, cocoa, spice and vanilla. The wine has a rich mouthfeel with nicely integrated tannins and a long finish. We suggest pairing with char-grilled steak, roast lamb and other braised meats. Some aged hard cheeses also compliment this wine perfectly.
Expect a medium bodied, lively, fruity red wine. Vivid purple in color with typically bright cherry, kirsch and baking spice aromas and flavors. It is made in an easy drinking style with uplifting freshness and purity. The Cailleteau can be enjoyed on any occasion and we recommend serving lightly chilled to enjoy its youthful, fruit forward exuberance and character. We suggest pairing it alongside a charcuterie platter, sausages, burgers, patés, terrines, roasted chicken and soft cheeses. This wine is meant to be enjoyed young so we suggest it be drunk now and within the next 6 months. Santé!
The 2014 Pinot Noir is an expressive combination of bright red berry fruit, sweet spices and subtle hints of forest floor and earth. This is a medium bodied, fruit forward wine, with fine polished tannins and a long lingering finish. We suggest pairing with roasted chicken, baked salmon or wild mushroom risotto.
The 2015 Gewürztraminer is showing itself as a true aromatic variety. Aromas of exotic spices, lychee and guava leap out of the glass. This off-dry wine is complimented by flavors of ginger, guava and other high tone tropical fruits. Gewürztraminer’s natural pairing is any Asian cuisine where there is a presence of spice and fresh Asian herbs. Alternatively, arctic char, Caesar salad or grilled chicken would all be suitable accompaniments.
The wine is dry, vibrant and zesty. On the nose you will find aromas of intense lime, white flowers, stone fruit and wet stones. The well balanced palate combines intense citrus flavors with a hint of spice, leading to a long and refreshing finish. We would recommend pairing with tuna tataki, Vietnamese salad rolls or any summer vegetable salad.
This year’s Chenin Blanc is full of intense bright citrus fruit notes and a stony mineral character which gives the wine additional complexity. This delightful medium bodied wine is made with just a kiss of oak to give structure, balance and significant mouthfeel. We suggest pairing with fresh seafood such as oysters on the half shell, wild BC Spot Prawns, mussels and ceviche. For cheese lovers try pairing it with a local goats cheese or even a Caprese salad.
This year’s version is expressively aromatic with notes of guava, tangerine, pear and blossom. Slightly off-dry on the palate, this truly fruit forward wine offers an enjoyable array of flavors that make it our summer ‘go-to’ wine for those long hot Okanagan days. This is an extremely versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with a variety of summer salads and appetizers.
The 2014 Chardonnay leaps out of the glass with expressive aromas of white flowers, baked pear and orange blossom. While not as tropical as the 2013 vintage, this wine brings with it a bright mid palate, vibrant acidity and a refreshing, lingering finish. A delightful layer of stonefruit and minerality make this Chardonnay an ideal match for a range of different dishes. Caesar salad, pan seared scallops or rotisserie chicken just to name a few.
A subtle salmon pink in hue, this year’s Rosé boasts aromas of fresh mixed red berries, exotic melon and nuances of black pepper. On the palate this refreshing Rosé is alive with bright flavors of strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. We suggest pairing with any cold cut dish, smoked salmon or summer salad. It can, of course be enjoyed on its own at the poolside, on the patio or boat.
This vintage has flavors of ripe black fruits, dark plum, baking spices, and its characteristic smoke, earth and meaty notes. On the palate the wine is full bodied and smooth with juicy black berries, spice and game notes. Try pairing with pepper steak, sausages and blue cheese stuffed burgers and caramelized onions.