Chenin Blanc

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009

Wine Style

Our Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting Heads of State including President Obama, the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate and the Japanese Royal Family. This wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal local following too, being crisp and refreshing with a slightly more rounded profile than previous vintages. It’s a perfect wine to start off any lunch or dinner event and is recognized as one of BC’s best when served with a platter of fresh shellfish.


Tasting & Pairing

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.


Winemaking

This year’s blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from both Quails’ Gate Estate and Osoyoos vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed followed by cold fermentation, 85% in stainless steel tanks and 15% in 2 year old French oak barrels, and for the first time two 500 liter puncheons. The barrel portion of the blend provides a lush quality to the palate alongside complex aromas. To truly appreciate the development and complexity of the character of this wine try cellaring our Chenin Blanc for up to 5 or 7 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13.5 %
Total acidity: 6.2 g/l
Residual sweetness: 2 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 391854
UPC code: 778856115031
Date bottled: March 2016
Case volume: 4690


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Wine Style

One of our most popular wines, Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting Heads of State including President Obama and the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate. Made in the classic Vouvray style of the Loire region in France, this wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal following. Known as BC’s best wine with fresh oysters, our Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine with which to start any social function.


Tasting & Pairing

This year’s Chenin Blanc opens with aromatic white flowers intermingled with vivid citrus and tropical papaya. Dry and medium bodied on the palate, this wine has great texture and is typically bright and juicy with notes of gooseberries, lemon and zesty grapefruit We pair this wine with fresh BC oysters and our Humboldt Squid salad at Old Vines Restaurant. For the chef at home, try ceviche, tuna tataki or a summer seafood themed salad with peach, mango or papaya as a complement.


Winemaking

This year’s blend of 88% Chenin Blanc and 12% Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from both Quails’ Gate Estate and Osoyoos vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed followed by cold fermentation, 85% in stainless steel tanks and 15% in 2 year old French oak barrels. The barrel portion of the blend provides a lush quality to the palate alongside complex aromas. To truly appreciate the development and complexity of the character of this wine try cellaring our Chenin Blanc for up to 5 or 7 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 12.5 % Total acidity: 7.4 g/l Residual sweetness: 4.1 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 391854 UPC code: 778856114034 Date bottled: March 2015 Case volume: 3180


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Wine Style

One of our most popular wines, Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting Heads of State including President Obama and the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate. Made in the classic Vouvray style of the Loire region in France, this wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal following. Known as BC’s best wine with fresh oysters, our Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine with which to start any social function.


Tasting & Pairing

On the nose, our Chenin Blanc displays characteristic crisp lemon and lime exuberance, underplayed with bright white floral and ripe papaya notes. The palate is wonderfully balanced and well-structured with crisp citrus, flinty minerality and hints of green apple. Our Chenin Blanc is recommended with a chilled seafood platter or a crisp chopped salad with snow peas & radishes in a lime and cilantro dressing.


Winemaking

The 2013 growing year at our Estate vineyards was remarkably warm throughout which has translated into fruit forward wines with surprising length and structure. This year’s blend of 91% Chenin Blanc and 9% Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from both Quails’ Gate Estate and Osoyoos vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed followed by cold fermentation, 85% in stainless steel tanks and 15% in 2 year old French oak barrels. The barrel portion of the blend provides a lush quality to the palate alongside complex aromas. To truly appreciate the development and complexity of the character of this wine cellaring of 5-7 years can be undertaken.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13 % Total acidity: 7.2 g/l Residual sweetness: 2.6 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 391854 UPC code: 778856113037 Date bottled: March 2014 Case volume: 3500


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Wine Style

One of our most popular wines, Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting Heads of State including President Obama and the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate. Made in the classic Vouvray style of the Loire region in France, this wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal following. Known as BC’s best wine with fresh oysters, our Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine with which to start any social function.


Tasting & Pairing

The 2012 Chenin Blanc opens with an exuberant rush of lively fruit – lemons, limes, tropical notes of melon and papaya – combined with a racy acidity. In the mouth it is fresh, crisp and balanced with genuine fruit sweetness. Intense citrus notes make this wine a perfect match for oysters and shellfish.


Winemaking

The blend of grapes, 92% Chenin Blanc and 8% Sauvignon Blanc, are sourced from both Quails’ Gate Estate and Osoyoos vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed followed by cold fermentation, 85% in stainless steel tanks and 15% in 2 year old French oak barrels. The barrel portion of the blend provides a lush quality on the palate alongside complex aromas. To truly appreciate the development and complexity of the character of this wine, cellar it for 5-7 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13.0%, Total acidity: 7.6 g/l, Residual sweetness: 5 g/l, Sweetness code: 0, SKU code: 391854, UPC code: 778856112030, Date bottled: February 2013, Case volume: 5100


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Wine Style

One of our most popular wines, Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting Heads of State including President Obama and the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate. Made in the classic Vouvray style of the Loire region in France, this wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal following. Known as BC’s best wine with fresh oysters, our Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine with which to start any social function.


Tasting & Pairing

This Chenin Blanc opens with a rush of exuberant fruit; zesty lemon and lime with notes of melon and passion fruit that linger on the finish. Fresh, crisp and racy with a genuine fruit sweetness that balances the firm, natural acidity. The intense citrus notes make this wine a perfect match for oysters and shellfish.


Winemaking

Our grapes are sourced from both Quails’ Gate Estate and Osoyoos vineyards. This wine is comprised of 92% Chenin Blanc and 8% Sauvignon Blanc. The 2011 growing season was cooler than average, with extreme temperature differences close to harvest, preserving the grapes natural acidity. The grapes were whole bunch pressed followed by cold fermentation, 85% in stainless steel tanks and 15% in 2 year old French oak barrels. The barrel portion of the blend provides a lush palate and complex aromas. This wine was bottled young, but careful cellaring of 5-8 years will be rewarded with further complexity and development.


Technical Notes

Alc by volume: 12.5% Total acidity: 11 g/l Residual sweetness: 5 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 391854 UPC code: 778856111033 Date bottled: March 2012 Case volume: 3843


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Wine Style

One of our most popular wines, the Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting heads of states including President Obama and the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate. Made in the classic Vouvray style of the Loire region in France, this wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal following. Known as BC’s best wine with fresh oysters, our Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine with which to start any social function.


Tasting & Pairing

In cooler years Chenin Blanc develops lifted grapefruit aromas that give the perception of a sweet wine even though this wine is dry. We like to say this wine is fruit forward but dry. Fresh, clean aromatics entice the senses and are followed by a racy sweet and sour palate with a smooth, lush finish provided by minimal oak contact. The definitive West Coast seafood wine, the Chenin Blanc will pair nicely with any steamed shellfish or a fresh heirloom tomato salad.


Winemaking

A lighter crop and a cooler vintage made the 2010 Chenin Blanc one of our top wines this vintage. The small amount of Sauvignon Blanc (10%) that was barrel aged rounded out the mid palate and gave the wine the viscosity needed to make an exceptional wine. The benefits of our southern Osoyoos property being warmer showed through with rich and ripe fruit. Traditional whole bunch pressing and cold fermentation maintain the style for which Quails’ Gate is famous for.


Technical Notes

Varietal: 90% Chenin Blanc 10% Sauvignon Blanc Alc. By Vol: 12.5% Total Acidity: 7.2g/l Residual Sweetness: 5.0 g/l Sweetness: (0) SKU Code: 391854 UPC: 778856110036 Bottling Date: March 2011 Case Volume: 4400 cases


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Wine Style

One of our most popular wines, the Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting heads of states including President Obama and the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate. Made in the classic Vouvray style of the Loire region in France, this wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal following. Known as BC’s best wine with fresh Oysters, our Chenin Blanc is the perfect wine with which to start any social function.


Tasting & Pairing

A rush of fruit flavour- zesty lemons, limes and tropical fruits mingle with subtle notes of gooseberry, boxwood and a touch of honey. Fresh, clean aromatics entice the senses and are followed by a racy sweet and sour palate with the barrel portion adding a smooth, lush finish. Enjoy this wine with oysters on the half shell or linguini alle vongole.


Winemaking

This blend is comprised of chenin blanc and a small component of sauvignon blanc to add depth and freshness. The grapes were whole bunch pressed; A small portion was fermented in older oak barrels to add richness and texture, while the remainder was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks to preserve minerality and varietal freshness.


Technical Notes

Varietal: 94% Chenin Blanc 6% Sauvignon Blanc Alc. By Vol: 13% Total Acidity: 7g/l Residual Sweetness: 5.0 g/l Sweetness: (0) UPC: 778856109030 Bottling Date: February 2010 Case Volume: 3739 cases


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