Bernd Schales is an 8th-generation winemaker and his wife, Stefanie, is a 10th-generation winegrower. Lifetimes of history and years of winemaking/winegrowing study throughout Germany (where their family still owns vineyards), New Zealand and South Africa led the Schales to set up shop with their young family in the Okanagan in 2003. They have carved their niche with Germanic-meets-Okanagan wines, crafted in a small-scale, contemporary style. This is from 28-year-old estate vines, with the fruit purity preserved by stainless-steel tanks and the hint of sweetness from the ripe, concentrated fruit. Bright intensity and tension throughout, with Anjou pear, white peach, gooseberry, lime pulp, stone, nectarine and a touch of candied lime zest on the lengthy finish. Partner with papaya salad or Indian-spiced chutney.
Light ruby. Enticing red fruits, delicate oak and earthy notes with hints of fruit stones and soft spices. Light to medium body, soft texture in the expansive, round mid-palate. Intense fruity flavour leading to a balanced, barely tannic finish. Enjoyable now or hold 4 to 5 years.
From old vines in Kelowna’s Mission District. Aromas of white flower, pear, lychee and rose petal, followed by a juicy, well balanced, tropical toned palate, underpinned by fresh acidity a little ginger spice, some savoury notes and a hint of mineral with a clean finish. Added texture from 1/3 being barrel aged.
A classy Chardonnay from the Niagara Peninsula. Straw-coloured with a minerally, smoky nose opening on the palate to rich flavours of apple, pear and green pineapple; full in the mouth with great length.
A meaty, plummy nose with currants and spice. It’s juicy and round on the palate with cherry, blackberry and currant fruit followed by warm spices and decent acidity.
Finished at 6.8% ABV and made from a blend of Red Court Cortland, Northern Spy, Ida Red and Golden Russett apples, with a nose of apple skin and citrus and a gentle spritz that settles quickly into a subtle bead. It is rich on the palate with good apple flavours, slight sweetness and well balanced and refreshing through the finish.