SpierHead Pinot Gris 2014

SpierHead is located in Kelowna but sources its Pinot Gris fruit further south in Summerland, from a vineyard called Golden Retreat. And a golden treat this is. Produced with no oak contact, it's medium-bodied yet displays substantial mouth feel as it dishes up green-apple and pear-like fruit lifted by an almost effervescent, vibrant character that settles into a fine-chalk texture, creating a mineral-like sensation and it moves into the long finish. 90 pts.

Beppi Crosariol - The Globe and Mail

I was super impressed with the 2014 Pinot Gris (Okanagan Valley, B.C.; $19, SpierHeadWinery.com). I can't think of the last time I had a local Pinot Gris with so many layers and complexity. Guava is abundant, followed by mango and passion fruit, with elements of lime leaf and light spice upon the following sips. There's a good weight to this wine; it's quite juicy and satisfying, but what I adore most is the added nuance and flavours that come through as it develops in the glass.

Kurtis Kolt - Georgia Straight

The wine begins with an appealing aroma that mingles hints of herbs with citrus and apple. On the palate, there are flavours of melon and apple. The wine, fermented and aged in stainless steel, has good weight. 90.

John Schreiner on Wine

A stainless steel aged Pinot Gris, sourced from the Golden Retreat Vineyard in Summerland, offering a contrast of tart, mouth-watering, green-apple and tropical fruit acidity and an off-dry-ish level of residual sugar to achieve its crisp balance and desired texture - pleasantly rich mid palate. The nose is light and fresh with loads of citrus, apple and mineral notes with hints of spice that also linger on the moderate finish. To be enjoyed in its youth. Drink now-2016. 89 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

Medium lemon in colour. Upon first tasting, it had a delicate, flowery nose, together with stone fruit aromas. With some decanting time, citrus became more obvious. A day later, and then I picked up citrus and grapefruit specifically. It is dry with lively acidity, leaving a prickle on your tongue, quite full bodied. Mixed flavours of stone fruit (primarily) and tropical fruit (secondarily). Mid palate you pick up some greenness, and lime in the background. A day later grapefruit and pear flavours became more obvious. Medium length with some leafiness and citrus rind on the finish. I think a pairing with a goat cheese salad would be nice with this wine, if opened and poured immediately. With decanting time, you can enjoy sipping this wine on it’s own.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

Apple blossoms, bitter melon, pear skin, and green apple aromas lead this single vineyard pinot gris from Summerland's Golden Retreat Vineyard. Crisp red apple, yellow apple, melon and grapefruit pith on the juicy palate, with just a lick of residual sugar for body. The herbal, citrus bitterness lingers alongside fine and slightly fiery ginger spice. Would make a fine match to spicy fish tacos.

Treve Ring - Gismondi on Wine

There is a plethora of B.C. Pinot Gris out there, from boring to oniony-garlic flavoured to light pink rose colours. I heartily endorse this estate-grown effort...It combines enticing aromas of tropical fruit, peaches, melon, citrus, and apples, showing creamy full-bodied flavours with attractive mineral freshness. Delicious!

Sid Cross - Had A Glass

SpierHead Riesling 2014

Perfumed white flowers, gooseberry and white peach open this juicy riesling, from the estate Gentleman Farmer Vineyard in south east Kelowna. Crisp, cool orchard fruit, pear blossom and scented melon rules the fresh palate - streamlined, focused and lime-peel zesty. Whole cluster pressing ups the textured mouth feel and a gentle cushion of residual sugar ups the friendliness, inviting pouring with fragrant Thai or Vietnamese dishes.

Treve Ring - Gismondi on Wine

With an acidity of 9.2 grams a litre and jsut 4.3 grams of residual sugar, this is a wine with a crisp and tangy finish. It has aromas and flavours of lime and lemon, with a good spine of minerality. The wine is good nwo but has great potential to express its rich complexity better if cellared for several years. 88-92.

John Schreiner on Wine

This Riesling will wake-up your senses with loads of lemon-lime and mineral characters on the fresh and vibrant nose and the bright and (slightly) effervescent palate. Look for layers of honey dew, herbs and pear. Clean, crisp, terroir-driven Riesling. Thank you SpierHead! Drink 2015-2018+. 90 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

Medium lemon with a greenish tinge in the glass. Youthful aromas of lemons, a hint of oranges and white flowers, followed by honey and lime. Slightly off-dry, with medium acidity leaving a light acidic prickle on the tongue. Soft with an acidic edge. You first get tropical fruit on the palate, followed by ripe stone fruit, and a hint of lime rind. After decanting a few hours, the wine became much more round, and less crisp, except on the finish. It does finish with mouth watering acidity, citrus flavour and on Day 2 of my tasting, some citrus rind. The flavours progress tropical fruit - stone fruit - citrus on the palate. You also get some stony minerality on this wine, which is more obvious on Day 2. Don't be afraid to linger over this wine for a few days. It is very good. Buy some take-out sushi and enjoy it on your deck with this wine.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

SpierHead Chardonnay 2014

Gorgeous steely chardonnay from a Kelowna winery to watch.

Vancouver Magazine

A partially oaked (20%) Chardonnay with a focus on clean, crisp fruit and cool mineral characters, using grape sourced from the winery's East Kelowna vineyard. A masculine, yet, generous wine with loads of apricot, nectarine and citrus aromas and flavours all wrapped in the firm, supportive, embrace of river stone and steel notes. Spice and lime rind flavours linger on the finish. Drink 2016-2018. 89 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

SpierHead Pinot Noir 2014

The 'white' label Spierhead pinot is the winery workhorse responsible for about 60 percent of the production. The wine is meant to mirror the house style, New World, but as they say more Oregon or yes, even Burgundian than Californian. It's barreled aged in 100 percent French oak for ten months. The attack is fresh with spicy, licorice sour cherry aromas and flavours that fade into an earthy, compost, cool-climate tea and rhubarb pinot noir finish. Solid, young, lighter fresher, pinot with excellent varietal character. Grilled salmon would be the current match. The clones in use are Dijon 115, Dijon 667 and Pommard. Perfect alcohol at 13.1 percent. 88 pts.

Gismondi on Wine

A pretty nose with strawberry, violets and some gamy and spice notes giving complexity. The palate is light, juicy, has good flavour intensity with raspberry, spice, light but ripe tannins and decent length. Still youthful now, it seems to have elements to soften up nicely in 2-3 years. Nice spicy paprika finish with a bit of earth on the finish.

Rhys Pender MW - Wine Align

Based near Kelowna in the north of the Okanagan, Spierhead has decided to focus on Pinot Noir for their red wines. This is their juiciest offering with medium body, red fruits and floral notes. Serve it with teriyaki pork chops.

Barbara Philip MW - On the Coast CBC Radio

Brambly berry fruit, cola and vanilla bean aromatics lead to a palate loaded with black forest cake, lofty acidity, soft, cocoa-laded tannins, with blueberry compote on the lengthy finish.

Kurtis Kolt - My Wine Canada

If there is any remote possibility of celebrating the season with out-of-town guests, you gotta have something local on hand. I applauded the past vintage of SpierHead recently but the new release is even better. From the warm 2014 summer, it offers lush summer berries, underlying toast and a bright red currant finish.

Michaela Morris - West Ender

This entry level pinot is smooth with plum and perfumed flowers carrying to a supple palate of cassis, cherry-vanilla jam, chocolate and mocha. The 10 months in French oak is evident in the wood spiced finish, but any edges are all but swallowed up by the fruit. This medium-bodied Burgundy style Pinot Noir is great value.

BC Wine Trends

This is clones 115, 667 and Pommard, barrel-aged for 10 months in French oak. The wine begins with aromas of cherry and raspberry. There are bright and vibrant red fruit flavours on the palate, with a hint of oak. The texture is still firm, a signature of a youthful Pinot Noir that can be aged for several years. 88.

John Schreiner on Wine

This wine is a blend of Dijon clones 115 and 667, together with Pommard. Medium garnet that is translucent to the core. You get sweet ripe cherries, kirsch and vanilla with a hint of sweet spices on the nose. The wine smells very youthful, and is as it was just bottled in November 2015. With decanting, you get a bit more oak aroma. Dry and round, with lighter, fine tannins. Red sour cherries and some sweet candied cherries, red fruit, in particular, raspberries, along with hints of leafiness, milk chocolate and minerality. The minerality feels like floats above the red fruit flavours. With decanting you get strawberries and some flowery perfume. The wine has medium length with mouth watering acidity followed by sour cherries, oak and blackberry leaf.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

A bright and fresh Pinot Noir with juicy-tangy red fruit prominent on the engaging nose and the mouth-watering, (mostly) dry palate. Cherry nibs, vanilla, mild oak and mineral notes add complexity throughout. Light spice and chocolate-covered cherry flavours linger on the moderate-plus finish. Drink now-2017. 88 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

SpierHead Pinot Noir Gentleman Farmer Vineyard Saddle Block 2014

The east Kelowna home site estate Gentleman Farmer Vineyard (GFV) is shaped like a saddle hence the Saddle Block moniker. It is also the home of Spierhead's original pinot noir plantings. In this case the clones are Dijon 115, 777 and 828. The colour is slightly darker and in the warm 2014, these clones designed to ripen early have yield a round, soft, warm, spicy, cherry, savoury/menthol pinot noir. Easy to sip and ready to work with richer dishes like duck or pork belly. 88 pts.

Gismondi on Wine

Cocoa, molasses and blueberry fruit leather are all distinct components of the nose, leading to cherry, blood orange, mineral, and date elements on the palate with extremely juicy acidity.

Kurtis Kolt - My Wine Canada

This is 34% clone 115, 33% clone 777 and 33% clone 828, also aged 10 months in French oak. This dark-hued wine has good concentration and weight. It begins with aromas of cherries. This is echoed on the palate, along with plum and mocha. Decanting fleshed out the texture; this is definitely a wine to cellar for several years. 91.

John Schreiner on Wine

GFV, is SpierHead's own Gentleman Farmer Vineyard. The vineyard is named for it's land contours that form a saddle. 3 Dijon clones are planted there; 115, 777, and 828. These 3 clones are used in this wine, with 34% from Dijon 115, 33% Dijon 777, and 33% Dijon 828. Medium plus garnet in colour; translucent to the core with a slight bricking on the edge. Open first opening you get baby powder, French vanilla pods, light red cherries and cedar/oak aromas. With decanting the wines aromas became more closed/muted. The wine was dry, with light mouth feel and some roundness. Tannins pick up in intensity at the mid-point toward the finish. Light intensity red cherries, raspberries and strawberries on the palate together with tea leaves.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

The Pinot comes from the estate Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, which contains three Dijon clones (115, 777, 828) and it was aged 10 months in French oak. Expect fragrant aromas of Maraschino cherries, raspberry tea, vanilla, leather and lilacs, star anise and forest floor. Although there is more restraint on the palate it does have a supple entry. Expect powdery tannins across the palate alongside, tangy fruit, cocoa and spice flavours culminating with tealeaf and some cigar hints. Overall stylish with good structure, brightness and concentration.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva

The Momma Bear of the Pinot Noir trilogy on offer from East Kelowna's SpierHead Winery, all from the Pinot-friendly 2014 vintage. Right in the middle on the richness scale between flagship Cuvee and the $23 blended Pinot and sourced from the winery's original block of Pinot Noir plantings in their home vineyard. The "GFV" (for Gentleman Farmer Vineyard) is feminine and well-balanced, hosting a range of red fruits on the inviting nose and the concentrated, spicy palate. The finish is long with lingering wild berry acidity. Drink now-2018. 88 pts.

Liam Carrier – Icon Wines

SpierHead Pinot Noir Cuvee 2014

SpierHead specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling, three coolness-craving grapes well-suited to the slopes around Kelowna. This flagship red represents the contents of several barrels that winemaker Bill Pierson deemed had been evolving especially well in the cellar after the 2014 harvest - a sort of "best of the barrels" blend. Medium-bodied, it displays a sunny, ripe, jammy core of fruit as well as charred-oak-infused characters of smoke and caramel, set against a firm spine of spice and acidity. A fine pinot for gamey meats such as duck and lamb.

Beppi Crosariol - The Globe and Mail

Spierhead released four different pinot noirs in 2014, showing a strong commitment to the heartbreak grape. The Cuvee is a blend of the best barrels from the harvest, whole berry fermented and aged ten months in French oak. Ripe and generous, though still tightly wound in youth. An herbal boysenberry/cherry nose (consist with the other offerings) carries through to a cushioned, black berry jam, rose petal, beef jus and anise palate. Acidity is brisk with tannins a touch on grippy side for the moment. It's young and should relax and grow in the bottle over the next two to three years. The flagship is aged in 100% French oak and is 46/21/17/8/8 mix of Dijon 115, Dijon 777, Dijon 828, Dijon 667 and Pommard. 89 pts.

Gismondi on Wine

Oodles of black fruit, cocoa and licorice waft out of the glass, and then that turns to more umami elements of Italian plum, soy, hoisin, and a touch of fresh herb on the palate with a good gleam of mineral and admirable length.

Kurtis Kolt - My Wine Canada

This selection of the best barrels in the cellar. This wine is still a little tightly wound with aromas of strawberry, spice, graphite, black cherry, orange zest and five spice. The palate has good intensity, heading towards darker berry and cherry notes, along with some oak. There is still a lot of grip, this is a firmer structured Pinot that will benefit from a few years in bottle. A nice mineral, graphite element hints at good future complexity. Well priced for the top wine in the lineup and worth sticking a few bottles in the cellar for 5 or so years to see what happens.

Rhys Pender MW - Wine Align

This is 46% clone 115, 21% clone 777, 17% clone 828 and eight percent each of clone 667 and Pommard clone, aged 10 months in French oak. The wine's rich colour is immediately inviting, as are the complex aromas of cherry, strawberry and raspberry that are echoed in the flavours. The wine is concentrated and the texture is seductive, as it should in a fine Pinot Noir. There is a lingering finish with notes of spice, red fruit and mocha. The wine will cellar for seven years; the large format bottle even longer. 92.

John Schreiner on Wine

The Cuvee is made in limited quantity and is blended each year from selected barrels that stand out to the wine maker. Medium plus garnet in colour, translucent, but deeper coloured than the other 2 wines. Medium plus intensity nose, with aromas of ripe red cherries, cedar and vanilla. Hint of sweet spice. A pretty, elegant nose. The aromas do not change with decanting. The wine is fuller bodied, round, soft and dry. Fine tannins and a hint of minerality. Ripe red cherries, raspberry jam, red currants, vanilla and hints of sweet spices. Medium length with ripe red juicy cherries and vanilla. The tannins dry out the tongue. There is a hint of flowers on the finish. With decanting you get a silky mouth feel interwined with minerality. There are also violets from the mid palate to the finish, and a decrease in sweet spices. A very sexy wine. Definitely can age another 4 years without trouble.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

Lives up to its billing as the winery's flagship Pinot Noir (they make 2 others), this micro cuvee is blended from select barrels and produces a beautiful wine, rich in complexity and texture. The loving embrace of French oak is felt on the vanilla-kissed, cherry-raspberry nose and on the vibrant, medium-bodied, red fruit and tea leaf palate. Structure is solid with silky-smooth tannins and huckleberry acidity. The finish is long and spicy with lingering dark cherry and Black Forest cake flavours. A BC Pinot for fans of Californian Pinots from the Central Coast. Ready to go now, though, will hold for several years. Drink now-2019. 91 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

From high above Kelowna, Spierhead sits on a cool climate site suited to Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The nose on this top-tier Pinot Noir offers plush raspberry, juicy cherry, spice box and leather, dried violets and cedar chips. Bright, floral with expressive fruit it has oodles of acidity and good persistence trailing cocoa, spice and vanilla.

Daenna Van Mulligen – Vines Magazine

SpierHead Pinot Gris 2013

Winemaker Bill Pierson appears to have the touch, which means he doesn't touch his wine if it isn't necessary. The '13 Gris is another fine effort from the intense pear and tropical fruit/guava aromas to the juicy, fresh attack. Look for red apples, guava, lime and honey all flecked with a touch of minerality. Very food friendly; we paired this with crab cakes and fresh corn and it was perfection. Good value.

Anthony Gismondi – Vancouver Sun

A consistently stylish Pinot Gris from Kelowna's Spierhead Winery. The nose offers pristine aromas of guava, pear jelly and honey with peach blossoms. The palate is brimming with sweet pear, zesty lime and honey with hits of guava as a reflection of the nose. Crisp and refreshing with lovely weight, good concentration and a persistent, mouthwatering finish. A wine for crab cakes served with spicy peach salsa or chilled pasta salads.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva

In just a few short years, this dynamic winery in southeast Kelowna has deservedly garnered intense critical acclaim. This is one of the most nuanced and delicious Pinot Gris produced in the Okanagan today. The 2013 is lightly honeyed and has tropical notes of papaya and lemon, as well as a fresh green-apple finish balanced with tart minerality.

Geothe - Georgia Straight

Here's a stylish, serious pinot gris in a different league from most lesser-priced pinot grigios. Medium-bodied and dry, with juicy pear in a starring role, it's lifted by fresh acidity and a welcome suggestion of flint. It's clean, complex and perfectly balanced. Just 490 cases were produced. 90 pts.

Beppi Crosariol - Globe and Mail

The fruit for this wine, SpierHead's second Pinot Gris, comes from the Golden Retreat Vineyard in Summerland, which is owned and farmed by David Kozuki. This is a wine that appeals to those of us who like the variety aged in stainless steel, with the focus on the fruit aromas and flavours. This wine begins with citrus aromas. It is packed with fruit flavours that include green apples, melon, lime and even lemon. It has a tangy, refreshing finish. 91.

John Schreiner on Wine

Grapes for this excellent Pinot Gris were sourced from Summerland, BC and delivery, clean, crisp, golden apple and citrus fruit characters on the subtle nose and the ultra-refreshing palate. With no oak program, stainless steel ageing only, this Pinot Gris relies on the contrast of tart, mouth-watering, green-apple acidity and its ever-so off-dry level of residual sugar to achieve a fine balance and desired texture. Light mineral notes and a hint of spice linger on the moderate finish.

The wine screams to be enjoyed on a hot patio and will aide in your quest to meld with said patio as you soak in the sun's rays and relax. To be enjoyed in its youth. Drink now-2015. 90 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

I tried their 2012 last year and noted how much I enjoyed it, with it's range of flavours from citrus to tropical fruit to apples. It won a Gold Medal at Okanagan Wine Festival - 2013 B.C. Wine Awards and other awards as well. Their 2013 was pale to medium lemon with a tint of green in the glass. On the nose I picked up Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples, together with melons and a hint of vanilla. With some airing, lemon and grapefruit became apparent. It's dry with medium plus acidity, with an acidic prickle that dances on your tongue. Medium plus body, round mouth feel, some creamy lees, a hint of honey, and stone fruits, pears, lemons and Red Delicious apple flavours. Again with a bit of air, I also picked up lychee. Quite a mouthful of flavours. Mouth watering finish. This wine really tastes like fresh fruit to me. A very nice example of BC Pinot Gris. With halibut season underway, I would love to try this with a grilled halibut steak, nugget potatoes, and salad.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is a fantastic location for white wines, particularly the Pinot Gris, which pairs so beautifully with Pacific Northwest Cuisine. This winery near Kelowna is relatively young and is crafting some of the best we've tasted. This offers aromas of and flavors of white flowers, sweet lime, apricot and minerality in the finish.

Wine Press Northwest Magazine

Kelowna's SpierHead launched triumphantly, winning the Best New Winery at British Columbia Winery Awards in 2012. And it's picked up plenty awards since, including gold for the 2012 vintage of this delicious textbook pinot gris. No anonymous plonk here: crisp apple and pear with lots of grapefruit citrus, then apricot and peach, and a wet stone mineral finish. Drink by itself or, better yet, with a big plate of simply cooked prawns or grilled halibut with tomato salsa.

Christina Burridge – Vancouver Magazine

SpierHead Chardonnay 2013

About 30% of this wine was aged 10 months in French oak; the rest was aged in stainless steel. The oak is very subtle in this fresh and lively wine with its laser-like fruit aromas and flavours. There are citrus aromas and flavours of green apples and honeydew melons. The wine also shows a good spine of minerality. The finish is crisp. 90.

John Schreiner on Wine

Potent lifted and fragrant white blossom lead this bright chardonnay from south east Kelowna, and carry through the medium bodied palate. Ripe pear, pear blossoms, lychee and lemon peel freshness are weighted with a base of anise, vanilla, oak and spice. The finish veers a touch sweet/sour, so would be best to pour alongside scallops or mango chicken that can take it.

Treve Ring - Gismondi on Wine

This wine has it’s grapes sourced from South East Kelowna, so not quite as warm as it gets further south in the Okanagan. Same for the their Pinot Noir. This wine was fermented in stainless steel with 30% barrel aged in French oak for 10 months. Only 270 cases of this wine were produced.

It has a medium lemon skin colour in the glass. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, together with lemon, pears, white flowers, vanilla, and a hint of pine needle and evolves to a lime scent adding some complexity. It has a heavier, viscous, very round mouth feel, but also a higher amount of acidity to keep it fresh. I get stone fruit and sweet tropical fruits, with primarily pears on the stone fruit side. Also some apple, lemon and vanilla in the background. There is some black currant leaf throughout the sip which adds some extra interest to the wine. Medium plus length with pepperiness and some astringent, mouth watering acidity and citrus flavour on the finish. With 2 hours of decanting, I also picked up some nutmeg spice on the palate. You can drink this wine now, and it could handle a full flavoured dish, but I think with some aging, the acidity should tone down a bit and would give you more food pairing options.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

A delicate nose of apricot and nectarine aromas opens this Chardonnay with susuruss of brloche and mineral notes in the background. Hailing from East Kelowna, the wine balances its sweet orchard fruit and tangy citrus elements nicely with a cool mineral backbone and a kiss of residual sugar. Spice and lime rind flavours linger on the finish. Drink 2014-2017. 88 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

Aged partially (33%) in French oak and the remainder in stainless steel this tasty Chardonnay offers vanilla, golden apples and fresh pineapple chunks with honey and orange blossoms on the nose. The palate is juicy and lively with roasted nuts, citrus, toasted spices and a zesty, flavourful finish. It is a solid and balanced style with decent length.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva

SpierHead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

My first taste of this Spierhead rose had me quite happily slurping away. Why? Because it is blessedly dry and when you've been weaving your way through a dozen others, which are often significantly sweeter, this one stands out. It's 100% Pinot Noir and offers juicy cherries, strawberries and rhubarb atop wild sage, forest floor and roses. The palate is full of tangy and sour red fruits and citrus peel flavours. It has good structure and a certain firmness with a bright, crunchy character.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva

Further north in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna's SpierHead Winery bases its pink wine entirely on Pinot Noir. Two days skin contact with the grapes lends this bottle an awesome bright, deep pink colour that shimmers with an orange hue. Juicy cherry and strawberry fruit frame this clean and crisp - yet rich - rose, ready for the first salmon of the season, rotisserie chicken, or baked eggplant.

Bottom line: B+ "Serious, and seriously good, rose."

James Nevison - Vancouver Province

This is the winery's second rose. The volume shows that SpierHead was encouraged by having won a double gold at the All-Canadian Wine Awards for the 2012 vintage. The grapes for this wine are from the Lands End Vineyard in Southeast Kelowna. Winemaker Bill Pierson let the juice soak two days on the skins, allowing the wine to develop a deep rose hue. It has aromas and flavours of strawberry and cranberry. This is a crisply dry wine meant for food. 90.

John Schreiner on Wine

This medium-pink hued rose makes for a nice, dry alternative to the many sweeter blush wines produced in BC. Made from Pinot Noir grapes sourced from a vineyard in East Kelowna, this wine opens with a distinctive nose of strawberry, fig fruit and unpasteurized honey. The palate follows with juicy, red berry flavours and tangy, cranberry acidity. Well balanced, clean and crisp. Drink now-2015. 88 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

This is my first time to try the Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose, but I read that this is their second vintage. The grapes spend about 48 hours on the skins to give the rose it's pretty light crushed raspberry colour in the glass. It greets you with youthful red fruit and strawberry aromas, together with a hint of red cherries. It is dry, with medium body and acidity, and a south mouth feel. The red fruits and strawberries continue on the palate together with some sour red cherries, and a very light hint of spice on the tongue. It finishes with a bit of bitter leaf on the finish and with mouth watering acidity. Everything is very light and balanced in this wine. It is an easy drink, straight forward rose. Pair with a platter of charcuterie and some brie on the patio.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

I love the almost-electric pink colour of this Pinot Noir rose. Aromas are packed with fruits, mostly raspberry with somewhat jammy characters. It's a lot like raspberry swirl ice cream. The little sweetness on the plate is enjoyable, with good acids and solid balance. The best way to enjoy this is with your feet up, in the sunshine with a well-chilled glass in hand.

Tom Firth - Eat North

Land's End Vineyard up in south east Kelowna is where the pinot noir grapes were sourced for this deep crimson hued rose. Lovely violet florals open to savoury stone, cured meats, cherry and earth notes. Medium bodied, with a round, generous mouthfeel and a farewell note of apple blossoms. 88 points.

Treve Ring - Eat Magazine

Brisk and vibrant, this is a beautifully expressive BC rose. Captivating first impressions of cherry, cranberry, and crab apple instantly summon images of Okanagan summer, promising more delights to be discerned and savoured. A moment's reflection reveals them: pungent forest floor woodsiness and the wild sweet tartness of huckleberries and salmonberries. With a pretty watermelon hue, glorious fruit, honed acidity and boldly dry finish, this is triumphantly more about place than grape, and demands to be consumed well-chilled and outdoors.

D J Kearney - Wine Align

This small east Kelowna producer has truly hit its stride, with a focus on small batch wines, all hand harvested. Bright, up front red berries are followed by a well balanced, juicy palate with raspberry and cherry notes wrapped in balanced tannins, judicious oak and a lengthy finish. A very stylish and well integrated, value priced Pinot. 91 pts.

Tim Pawsey – Hired Belly

SpierHead Pinot Noir 2013

The wine is made with three clones of Pinot Noir - 115 (68% of the blend), 667 and the Pommard clone. The wine was aged 10 months in French oak. The alcohol is a moderate 12.4% but, as is often the case with good Pinot Noir, the silky texture is fuller than the alcohol would indicate. There are aromas of cherry and strawberry, leading to flavours of cherry and raspberry. 90.

John Schreiner on Wine

This particular wine was barrel aged for 10 months in French oak. It is made with 20% Pommard, 12% 667, and 68% 115 clones. It is medium garnet in colour and translucent to the core. Youthful aromas, with smoky raspberries, violets, and ripe cherries, with hints of vanilla, licorice, and tea leaves. After a few hours of decanting the smoky raspberry aroma lessened and the tea leaves increased. A dry wine, light bodied and soft tannins. Violets grab you at first sip together with red cherries, raspberries, plums and some perfume. It has a medium to medium plus length, with the flavours evaporating at the very end, and become a bit more astringent with lingering woodiness and red cherries on the finish. With decanting I also picked up some licorice and tea leaves on the palate and some pepperiness on the finish. This wine comes under screw cap, and is quite enjoyable now, so do not hesitate to open and enjoy with some duck breast or nugget ham with roast potatoes and vegetables.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

Spierhead has thrown their hat into the challenging pinot noir arena in a big way, planting five acres more this year and putting more into the ground next year as well. This, their entry pinot, is a smooth and approachable one, with plum and perfumed flowers carrying to a supple palate of cassis, cherry-vanilla jam, milk chocolate, mocha and tinge of molasses spiced beans. The 10 months in French oak is evident in the wood spiced finish, but any edges are all but swallowed up by the fruit. A deeper, plushy styled pinot noir. Partner with hearty bean casserole.

Anthony Gismondi – Gismondi on Wine

Montreal-born winemaker Bill Pierson learned his craft at several British Columbia estates before landing at SpierHead in 2012. He clearly knows his job, and the landscape, well. This is an expertly crafted cool-climate red, striking the right balance between jammy berries and crisp acidity. Savoury notes of earth and spice add complexity. Much more Burgundian than many California pinots at this price. Good match for salmon on the grill. 89 pts.

Beppi Crosariol – The Globe and Mail

Spierhead is located in south east Kelowna. Two Pinot Noir clones (115 and 667) were harvested and fermented separately, followed up with 10 months in French Oak before integration prior to bottling. Expect fragrant violets and black raspberry, sweet cherry and baking spice with a lovely whiff of blueberry tea. The palate is fresh and equally pretty - bright summer fruit, some earthy, sous bois and leather tones. Silky and medium-bodied with class Pinot expression and good persistence.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva

SpierHead has come a long way with their handling of Pinot Noir since their first vintage of estate grown fruit in 2010. Just three years later and the East Kelowna winery is making a name for itself with multiple Pinot Noir labels in their portfolio: some single vineyard, some blends. This release is their largest production at 600 cases and is a blend of their different East Kelowna vineyards, revealing a minimalist, fruit-forward approach with a pleasant balance of red fruit and earthy notes on the sweetly scented nose and the smooth, yet, mouth-watering palate. Dry herbs and spice add depth throughout. A hint of bitterness and sagebrush lingers on the moderate finish. Drink now-2017. 88pts.

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SpierHead Pinot Noir Cuvee 2013

The same three clones are in this wine (Dijon 115, 667 and Pommard), with Pommard, at 44%, taking the lead. This seductive wine is a hedonistic beauty. It begins with alluring aromas of raspberry jam with notes of cherry. The wine was aged 10 months in French oak - just enough oak to support a rich bouquet of cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavours. The texture is silky with just enough tannin to take this wine to a peak in four or five years. 93.

John Schreiner on Wine

Carrot top, celery salt, cedar, meaty, rhubarb, floral, vanilla, light raspberry aromas. Dry, fresh, round, elegant palate with a touch of austerity. Strawberry, rhubarb, peppery, tobacco leaf, carrot top, light lees, vanilla, coffee, cedar flavours. Good intensity and finesse but could use a few years to integrate. Made from the three clones, 667 115 and Pommard adding to its charm and complexity. Duck confit anyone?

Anthony Gismondi - Gismondi on Wine

The pinot noir cuvee is made up of specially selected barrels, and it shows. Plenty of blackberry fruits, spice, earth, a little smoke, and some delicate floral aromas. A bit of tannin fights for prominence on the palate, but I would eagerly match this up against a cheese course or red meat on the table.

Tom Firth - Eat North

This wine is deep garnet in colour, translucent but bordering on being opaque. Medium minus intensity nose with smoky raspberries, red cherries and candied cherries, and light vanilla and cinnamon spice. Dry with lower acidity and lighter body. Velvety smooth on the palate, which becomes more prominent with decanting. Violets and perfume followed by red cherries and raspberries, then back to another layer of flowers at the end. After decanting I also picked up some strawberries, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, and minerality. Mouth watering finish with sour red cherries and vanilla and a hint of tannins on your tongue. A delicate lady up on first sip, but gets a bit bigger on the palate with some decanting. A fantastic wine.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

A handsomely packaged, small lot Pinot Noir, made from a blend of the favoured barrels pulled from the winery's vineyards and aged in 100% French oak. On the engaging nose you'll find a lovely, feminine blend of red and dark berries, tea leaf, French vanilla cream, roses and a touch of wildness from boysenberry and huckleberry fruit that foreshadows the mouth-watering experience ahead.

The entry on the medium-bodied palate is lush, continuing the feminine fruity'n'sensual theme from the nose until the wave of bright wild berry acidity temporarily overwhelms your mouth before a wave of spice, earth, leather, plum and raspberry flavours linger on the long finish. Intriguing. Drink 2015-2017. 89 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

A hand-harvested blend of the winery’s top Pinot Noir barrels, this one’s loaded with candied red fruit, cinnamon, and black cherry. My favourite part? Right in the middle of it all, there’s blueberry galette, fresh out of the oven. To cap it all off, there’s a touch of anise and black licorice on the finish that adds an extra layer of fun. A well-balanced charmer.

Kurtis Kolt – Georgia Straight

SpierHead Riesling 2012

Though only open a few short years, East Kelowna's SpierHead winery has already racked up an impressive array of accolades and awards, including BEST NEW WINERY at the 2012 B.C. Wine Awards. A taste of their latest vintage Riesling highlights why. It's crisp and sumptuous with green apple and lime, a fruit forward Riesling with good overall balance—and mass appeal. It would be a great foil for roast pork.

Bottom line: B+ "Zippy"

James Nevison – The Province

Flinty with lemon-lime citrus notes aplenty, this balanced wine hails from East Kelowna yet adheres to the Niagra Riesling formula of matching sweetness to acid while keeping the alcohol low and maintaining a light and mineraly texture. No clunky sugar and alcohol influenced palate here. Just clean, crisp fruit and terroir driven flavours; a refreshingly honest approach. Should develop unctuous nectar flavours if given time to mature, though tasting great in its youthful state today. 89+ pts

Liam Carrier – Icon Wines

Light and youthful aromas of mainly stone fruit (apricot), with lesser amounts of tropical fruit, citrus and blossom. Dry to off-dry in sweetness with medium plus acidity. A bit more body and mouth filling, I think in part to the higher residual sugar. I enjoyed the slight acidic prickle on my tongue, balanced with the off dry fruitiness. Flavours I picked up with citrus and stone fruit, blossom, with an almond or peach pit on the finish.

Karl Klip – My Wine Pal

The grapes for this are partly from the Gentleman Farmer Vineyard and partly from the nearby The View Winery. The wine is crisp and lean, with its racy acidity nicely balance with a touch of residual sugar. It has aromas and flavours of lime and lemon with a mineral spine. Savvy consumers will age this for a year to let the aromatics develop fully. 88-90 pts.

John Schreiner on Wine

This is a steely, intensely flavoured riesling with just enough residual sugar to balance the bracing acidity. The nose shows lime, green apple, lemon, and a touch of lanolin. The racy, zippy palate has more lemon and lime, a hint of nectarine and some mineral notes on the long, intense finish.

Rhys Pender – Montecristo Magazine

The 2012 Riesling has been one of my favourites. It offers pristine fruit of tangy green apples, honey and floral notes with racy citrus.

Daenna Van Mulligen - Wine Diva

Another delicious Riesling from the central Okanagan, with grand green apple bite, very fresh and fruity, not so much sweetness as many, gently floral. Big and gulpable, you’ll do it a disservice if you serve it too cold.

Jurgen Gothe – Georgia Straight

Lees and wet stone minerality on the nose are followed by a wine with good complexity and great texture. This is a dry riesling that lingers on the palate, in a pleasant way.

Craig Pinhey - Wine Align

SpierHead Pinot Gris 2012

Aged entirely in stainless steel, this medium-bodied white comes with a whisper of sweetness well-balanced by crisp acidity. Fresh and vibrant, it hints at lemon and red apple and finishes with a nuance of chalk. Fine for medium-weight fish, with or without a dusting of chilli-pepper sauce. 90 pts

Beppi Crosariol – Globe and Mail

SpierHead has made near faultless wine since it opened and its first pinot gris is yet another good example of well-made wine. The nose is fresh and clean with ripe, red apple aromas and citrus throughout. The attack is ripe almost sweet but with plenty of firm underlying acidity that cleans up the finish. Simple but effective and very food friendly. Well done and affordable. 88 pts

Anthony Gismondi – The Vancouver Sun

This wine was medium lemon in colour with a light, youthful nose. There was both a bit of lemon and lime aromas, along with stone fruit, and some yeast. The lime aroma became more pronounced after the wine was exposed to air for a while. It is dry with medium body and medium plus acidity. Accompanied with the nice acidity on the tongue I also picked up on some minerality. This wine has layers of fruit flavours, with green fruit and citrus up front, followed by stone fruit, particularly peach. There was also some blossom and honey. …This wine should win medals. Buy it before it sells out. I might want to enjoy this wine with an Indian biryani, or roasted nugget ham.

Karl Klip – My Wine Pal

A bright streak of acidity lends plenty of backbone, with apple and citrus notes, drier style, well structured before a lengthy finish. 90 pts

Tim Pawsey – North Shore News

The grapes for this delicious wine are from the Golden Retreat Vineyard in Summerland. Juicy on the palate, the wine has citrus and apple aromas and delivers flavours of citrus, peach and apple. 90 pts.

John Schreiner on Wine

A lovely example of BC Pinot Gris with crisp Bosc pears, lime and grapefruit layered with spring blossoms. The palate follows suit with tangy citrus and juicy white fruits. Nice concentration and weight here with pristine fruit and a zesty, mouthwatering finish.

Daenna Van Mulligen – Wine Diva

At 250 cases, this is pretty high volume for these folks. Lemony stuff: mineral and nicely acidic, not dissimilar to the label’s Chardonnay. Best with a light lunch.

Jurgen Gothe – Georgia Straight

SpierHead Chardonnay 2012

This is a single vineyard wine, coming from their Gentleman Farmer Vineyard in southeast Kelowna. 30% is barrel aged for 10 months in French oak, while the remainder is fermented in stainless steel, so you should get the fruit and a light touch of oak/vanilla. The wine was a medium intensity, youthful aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla and hints of caramel and butter. Dry with a medium mouth feel, medium plus acidity, and some roundness. Upon first tasting I would say it was about 50% tropical fruit and 50% pears. A nice mineral streak in the wine. Lemon and on the mid palate. The vanilla was there but was subdued. It had some astringency mid palate and finished with some butteriness, spice and acidity. On my second tasting of this wine about 6 hours later the spiciness really came out. This wine is an elegant wine, not overpowering you with fruit or oak.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

A splendid, cool-climate Chardonnay which delivers the right balance of oak contact characters and stainless steel purity. Produced from estate fruit sourced from their “Gentleman Farmer Vineyard” in East Kelowna, this Chardonnay offers intense aromas and flavours of apples, with white peaches, honeydew and fresh citrus fruit complimented by cool mineral notes and a light cream texture. The finish is long and very pleasing with a hint of lingering spice and vanilla (thank you French oak!). Attentively presented with a minimalist, stylish label on a meaty, Burgundian label sealed with a Stelvin cap to preserve the freshness which should keep this Chardonnay drinking well for another 3-4 years. Drink 2013-2017. 90 pts

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

Light and neutral, 30 percent aged in French oak, 70 percent in stainless steel. Crisp and bright, fresh and full of fruit. A real gulping Chard.

Jurgen Gothe - Georgia Straight

From Spierhead’s Gentlemen Farmer Vineyard, in southeast Kelowna. The partial ferment (32%) in French oak is very apparent on the nose and palate, with distinct butter, wood and vanillin notes, and a timbering cedar spice on the finish. Stainless steel has preserved the remaining fresh, bright fruit, expressed through tight green apple, grapefruit and bitter melon. The flavours are currently singular, and with a bit more time in the bottle should gel. I appreciate the crisp fruit from this cool climate vineyard, a former apple orchard.

Treve Ring – Wine Align

This begins with appealing aromas of citrus. The wine is lively on the palate with flavours of orange and apricot. The use of oak is very subtle; less than a third of the wine was aged in oak. Consequently, the wine is refreshingly fruit forward but with enough going on to give it elegance and complexity. 90.

John Schreiner on Wine

A restrained nose of sunflower seed, rosemary and black liquorice. The soft palate carries with it hints of creamy egg yolk and sage. The wine is quite lush with acids popping up along the finish to add some nerve, keeping things tight. Drink now and over the next couple of years.

Brad Royale - Wine Align

The SpierHead 2012 Chardonnay is from their Gentle Farmer Vineyard. A bone dry wine with only 225 cases produced, this is a pure expression of Chardonnay fruit in that 70% is fermented in stainless steel with only 30% being barrel fermented for complexity. Crisp, oily with a hint of nuttiness, this is not a North American-styled Chard but rather one that emulates wines of the tiny regions of Macon or Pouilly Vinzelles or Burgundy.

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SpierHead Pinot Noir Gentleman Farmer 2012

Another single vineyard wine, also from the Gentleman Farmer Vineyard. But in addition, the wine maker selected the best barrels of their 3 Dijon clones, and only made 97 cases of this wine. This wine has a medium intensity nose with youthful and developing aromas of juicy raspberries, cherries, and vanilla, with nutmeg and liquorice behind the fruit… I also must mention the black logo, looks very classy and exudes authority.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

A dark ruby-hued, single-vineyard Pinot Noir from East Kelowna’s SpierHead Winery offers a crowd-pleasing blend of cherry-cola, plum and sweet’n’spicy oak aromas on the moderate intense nose. The medium-bodied, dry palate follows with similar flavours and added light earth and forest floor notes, enhancing the complexity of the otherwise, juicy, fruit-forward expression of Pinot Noir. Its moderate tannins and good acidity make it a great match for a wide variety of medium cheeses and fowl entrees like duck or roasted turkey. Drink now-2016. 88 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

Luscious fruit from one of the winery’s home vineyards. This is a wine for chicken with blue-cheese mayo, omelettes, and pasta salad. It’s well worth the extra effort to get at it: this is one of the finest Pinot Noirs in B.C.

Jurgen Gothe - Georgia Straight

This is a small, 97 case lot of site-specific pinot noir from Spierhead Winery’s Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, in East Kelowna. As quantities are limited, distribution won’t be large (check with winery first), but if you come across a bottle, it’s worth picking up and laying down. Not that it isn’t enjoyable now – with all the dark flowers, cassis, dried cherries and resinous blackberries overtop a layer of plush, clay tannins, mocha and punchy oak – It’s just that this deeper styled pinot will further develop and unite in bottle, and you will be rewarded for your patience.

Treve Ring – Wine Align

The estate vineyard, Gentleman Farmer, sits beside the winery south east of Kelowna at an elevation of 1540-1560 feet above sea level. This is a cool-climate vineyard home to Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This Pinot offers dusty red plums, red currents and red cherries, beet greens and leather, fine spice, violets and rose petals with an earthy core. It is very fresh (still very young and time will reward) and quite delicate with plenty of juice acidity. It shows restraint and elegance with toasted spice and bitter cocoa on the finish.

Daenna Van Mulligen – Wine Diva

A deep ruby colour with intense aromas of blackberry, ripe plum and dried raspberry. The palate is medium bodied with light tannins and crisp acidity with more ripe berry fruit flavours of black cherry, dried raspberry and strawberry and some spice, leather and tea leaf on the finish.

Rhys Pender - Wine Align

SpierHead Pinot Noir 2012

Dark, dense and a little chewy - this is a more intense style of pinot noir but without the heavy tannins. Spierhead Winery is located on the benchlands of south east Kelowna - an emerging growing region of the Okanagan Valley. Lovely dark cherry notes along with red plum and savoury dried herbs. Good length.

Sara d'Amato - Wine Align