In a nutshell: A very well crafted Canadian Pinot Noir from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.
The lowdown: Quails' Gate consider this their flagship red wine given that the volcanic slopes on which the vineyards are sited suit this variety perfectly. After fermentation the wine was gently pressed and aged for 10 months in French oak before racking, blending and bottling. The 2018 has an expressive combination of juicy berry fruit flavours surrounded by hints of cloves and dried herbs. It's medium bodied and well balanced with smooth tannins and long, lingering finish.
When to drink: Quite a sophisticated Pinot Noir reminiscent of its Burgundy cousins. Great with vension or pork.
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.