Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls were honoured with two major awards at the All Canadian Wine Championships last week.
The winery brought home the titles of Best White Wine of Show, for their 2017 Wild Goose Gewürztraminer, and Best Red Wine of Show, off their 2016 Red Horizon Meritage.
“Two Best of show trophies in one competition? I am not sure that has ever happened. That is truly humbling, our growers, vineyard, and cellar teams did a remarkable job putting that wine together” said Wild Goose senior winemaker Hagen Kruger.
The Red Horizon Meritage has been in production since Wild Goose revamped their red wine program in 2011. With grapes coming from their Secrest Vineyard in Oliver and Kerry Hill Vineyard in Okanagan Falls.
“Wow! I am extremely excited. Our winemaking team of Nikolas Kruger, Tanya Booth and myself knew that this Meritage was very special, and to be recognized for that is truly an honour. When you look at all the premium producers of Bordeaux style blends in Canada, and to come out on top, it is quite a feeling,” said the senior winemaker.
The Red Horizon Meritage has been in production since Wild Goose revamped their red wine program in 2011. With grapes coming from their Secrest Vineyard in Oliver and Kerry Hill Vineyard in Okanagan Falls. Gewurztraminer has been a mainstay at Wild Goose since their inception in 1990, and has garnered numerous accolades over the years.
“Gewurztraminer is one of our favourite wines to produce, the aromatics of the juice dripping out of the press is something I look forward to every harvest. The spice, ginger, lilac, and clove notes are balanced beautifully with a hint of residual sweetness and finishing with crisp palate cleansing acidity. This wine is always a treat to have with the amazing cuisine that our province is blessed with,” said Kruger.
Also winning one of the major trophy awards was Ruby Blues Winery. They won Best Sparkling Wine of the Year for their 2017 Peach & Love & Bubbles.
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