Although not a specific location, the newly launched Tidal Bay appellation represents cool coastal breeze-influenced wines exhibiting a “fresh, crisp and bright” style. This inaugural edition has that hallmark, featuring fragrant orchard blossoms with squirts of lemon, grapefruit and green apple. Honey notes balance its zippy acidity and 10.6% abv weight. Bracing minerality lingers with a slight sea-salt tang. Scallop-friendly.
Clear very deep plum red. Medium nose of Christmas fruit cake with some dry tea and apple cider in the background. Fruit forward, packed with blueberry, blackberry and cherry flavours. Thankfully the high alcohol, acid and tannin levels keep it from fruit bomb territory. Will benefit from another year or two.
An impressive, fairly dry rosé with pretty aromas of violets, watermelon, raspberries and rhubarb-strawberry pie. Nicely balanced on the palate between sweet fruit and freshness with plenty of length through the finish.
Made with fruit from Naramata and Oliver, with a portion aged in neutral oak. Vibrant rose petal with some orange blossom nose before a floral rose prominent palate with generous though not viscose mouthfeel before hints of ginger and lingering spice in the finish. Think lightly spiced Asian fare.
Lightly hazy straw colour with emphatic yeasty and vaguely malty aromas, some banana and overripe melon. Creamy soft and lightly sweet on the palate with mild malty flavour and gentle effervescence. Intriguingly different but not to everyone’s taste.
Shows fine, persistent mousse in the glass with delicate floral, green apple, lemon citrus with a touch of lime and subdued creamy brioche. Fresh citrus and green apple flavours are backed by zesty acidity and characteristic Nova Scotia firm mineral grip. Rather austere at the moment, but has the structure to age like a vintage Champagne. Its best years are likely ahead.
This beautiful, traditionally made 100% Chardonnay sparkler is from a blend of Okanagan vineyards and spends a minimum of four years on the lees. Such an enticing nose of Meyer lemon, poached pear, brioche, melba toast, summer apples and toasted almonds. It is wonderfully clean and fresh in the mouth with a fine mousse that tickles the palate and lifts the creamy flavours of apples, pears and citrus accents that all lead to a long, long finish.