SpearHead’s Grant Stanley was smitten by pinot noir as a young winemaker in New Zealand’s Martinborough region 30 years ago, before NZ pinot became a thing on the global stage. He moved to the Okanagan in 2003 via Oregon because he grasped B.C.’s pinot potential. Now a dual citizen, overseeing boutique SpearHead on the upper benches of East Kelowna, he has found an ideal canvas for crafting energetic yet nuanced pinot noirs through vineyard selection and a mosaic of Burgundy’s Dijon clones. Your six pack offers a fascinating glimpse into his world, including an extraordinary, rare, single clone pinot, a delicious maturing library wine, and new 2018 releases not yet entered in competitions. There are also two Gold Medal whites, a scintillating riesling and a complex, cool, single clone chardonnay.
HERE’S WHAT ‘S IN YOUR MIXED 6 PACK:
Tasting Notes by David Lawrason
2018 Riesling | 91 points ($24.25)
The cool 2018 vintage on Kelowna’s benches deals a cracker riesling – bold, intense and essentially dry. Expect straight-on, intense, complex peach, spice, honey, petrol and wet stone aromas and flavours hitting excellent length. Sold out except to Wine Club members after taking double gold at the All Canadian Championships.
2018 Chardonnay Clone 95 | 92 points ($34.60)
Grant Stanley claims Clone 95 from Burgundy’s Cote d’or is the go-to clone for top BC chardonnays, proven here by gold medals at Canada’s two national competitions. It sports that classic pear/peach fruit of top white Burgundy, packed with peat smoke, hazelnut, vanilla cream and baguette. It is rich, generous and intense, a touch sweet, but maintaining equilibrium and freshness. Splendid chardonnay.
2018 Cuvée Pinot Noir | 92 points ($46.10)
Compiled from five clones grown at the Golden Retreat Vineyard in Summerland and the estate vineyard in East Kelowna this is youthfully reserved and taut but even, confident and quite elegant, with bright red cherry and darker berry, forest notes within nicely fitted French oak. Feels so complete. Aerate for a couple of hours if drinking now, or hold through 2025.
2016 Cuvée Pinot Noir | 92 points ($46.10)
Tasted a bit later in its life, this fine NWAC gold medal pinot has reached a state of grace where sour red cherry and plum fruit mingle effortlessly with florals, wood spice and some B.C. pine needle herbality. It is medium weight, soft and plush with moderate acidity and very fine tannin. Ready to drink and should maintain for three to five years.
2018 Saddleback Pinot Noir | 90 points ($40.35)
This new release is a pure expression of a single vineyard in upper benches of East Kelowna, farther removed from warming lake effect. The lighter 2018 vintage is also at play. Expect lifted red currant/cranberry fruit with fresh herbs and evergreen. It is bright and tart-edged yet beautifully textured warm and smooth. Authentic terroir expression.
2018 Clone 828 Pinot Noir | 93 points ($46.10)
One block of Clone 828 performed so well in the estate vineyard on the upper benches of East Kelowna that Stanley did a separate bottling of 120 cases, so distribution is limited to Wine Club members only. Expect ethereal florality, cranberry/blueberry ripeness and oak finesse that sends up beguiling perfume. It is medium weight, substantial yet silky with fine if still youthful tannin. Excellent length.
Mixed 6-bottle case of SpearHead wines
Only $237.50 including complimentary shipping
by ATS or Canada Post – within 5-7 business days of purchase
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ABOUT THE WINERY
SpearHead Winery is located on the benchlands of South East Kelowna. On their 15-acre estate vineyard, they grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Approximately 80% of the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, including four different Dijon clones, 2 California heritage clones, and the Pommard clone. This combination of plantings enables winemaker Grant Stanley to select from the different characteristics exhibited by these clones in order to create a harmonious, complex Pinot Noir from their home vineyard. They also draw from a number of other vineyards in the Okanagan including Golden Retreat in Summerland and Coyote Vineyard in West Kelowna.
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