In a nutshell: Crisp and refreshing Canadian Riesling from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.
The lowdown: Using a combination of early and late picked fruit from their vineyards in East and West Kelowna enabled them to bring a fresh acidity to the rounder, nectarine and tangering flavours found the riper fruit. Slow fermentation in stainless steel has given the finished wine a vibrancy to balance the zesty aromatics. While drinking well now, given a bit of bottle age, the acidity will mellow somewhat giving a more mellow character.
When to drink: Great with many types of seafood, salmon, or poultry
Situated in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley just outside of Kelowna Quails' Gate can trace its origins back to 1908 when the Stewart family first settled in this part of Canada, although the family planted vines for the first time in 1961 and the winery itself was only founded in 1989.
Since then Quails' Gate has become one of the leading producers of premium wines in British Columbia and under current CEO Tony Stewart the founding family remain committed to the project and are certainly making some impressive wnes.