SpierHead Pinot Gris 2015

Just loving how chiselled and clean, fresh and bright the Spierhead wines are becoming. This is a delicious citrus, red apple-scented and flavoured wine that is almost a Riesling in Pinot Gris clothing. Love the juicy almost northern Euro style. Stock up for weekend patio parties when you want to impress your friends with an impressive glass of white. 89 pts.

Anthony Gismondi - Vancouver Sun

A medium plus nose that is very fruity; peaches, ripe pears, and grape fruit. Hints of lees and honey as well. The wine is slightly off-dry, some roundness on the palate, with refreshing acidity and light acidic prickle on the tongue. Medium plus body and flavour intensity. It starts off with the ripe apples and pears, followed by peach, green melon and apple. You get a hint of grapefruit and almond. Some minerality is also present. With decanting you get some smoke or flint. The wine has a long finish, with refreshing acidity throughout the length.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

SpierHead Riesling 2015

Inviting aromas of apple sorbet and lime flowers. Steely and citrusy in the mouth where a judicious touch of sugar balances out snappy acidity.

Michaela Morris - West Ender

East Kelowna's SpierHead Winery produces a trio of Pinot Noir wines yearly and clearly sees the Burgundian grape as its flagship product, however, their unheralded, Riesling is consistently excellent and worthy of greater attention. Crisp, mineral-y and refined with a vibrant, steely nose of stony-apples, pear skins, key lime, light, unpasteurised honey and apricots. Followed by a mouth-watering palate of melon, mineral and citrus flavours with a touch of spice lingering on the long finish. 90 pts.

Liam Carrier - Icon Wines

Medium plus lemon in colour. A pronounced nose, with intense aromas of flowers, candied citrus, grapefruit, and lime. The aromas are so ripe on the nose that you would expect sweetness on the tongue, but you would be wrong. The wine is dry, with a medium roundness and a light acidic prickle. Pronounced intensity flavour, where lime really dominates, followed by citrus, green apple and pear. There is also some minerality to this wine. It has a medium length with mouth-watering acidity. Tart lime and citrus, along with lime rind on the finish. I think this wine has very good aging capability. Buy some to try now, and cellar some to try 3 years from now or longer. This wine would of course work well with BC seafood, but also I think the lime tone matches well with Mexican dishes.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

SpierHead Chardonnay 2015

A deeper lemony gold in colour. It has an intensely tropical fruit and vanilla nose, followed by lemon and butter. With decanting it adds some leafiness and nutmeg. The wine is dry, with medium acidity, but is very full-bodied; silky, round and heavy in the mouth. It really feels like QUALITY. You also get light acidic prickle upon first sip. The wine has mostly tropical fruit flavours, followed by pears, apricots, apples, and hints/texture of oak, vanilla and butter. Medium plus length, finishing with more tropical fruit, some apricot, and sweet spices at the very end. A bigger, riper Chardonnay that you want to show off with delicious roast chicken, or maybe dare to pair with a roast suckling pig!

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

SpierHead Pinot Noir 2015

The "white" label Spierhead Pinot is the winery workhorse, responsible for about 60 per cent of the production, and it's becoming something of a North Okanagan Pinot beacon for me. Aged for roughly 10 months in French oak the white label has a delicious demeanour with sweet strawberry overtones mixed with cherries, spicy, licorice and compost notes. Still fresh but already fun to drink. Try this with pork or grilled salmon.

Anthony Gismondi - Vancouver Sun

Good Pinot has the Goldilocks effect with food - neither too heavy nor too light. It's just right. And more good Pinot is being produced in our province, including the wines from East Kelowna's SpierHead Winery. Their basic Pinot Noir is juicy yet structured, with great berry fruit, balanced by savoury notes that goes gangbusters with everything from cranberry sauce to foie gras. Bottom line: A, Complex yet approachable.

James Nevison -The Province

SpierHead Pinot Noir 2015 - is a blend of grapes from Dijon clones 115, 667, 777, and 828, coming from SpierHead's estate vineyard plus from the Golden Retreat vineyard in Summerland. These clones were individually fermented then aged for 10 months in French oak before bottling. A light, red fruit and floral delight in the glass. An easy to enjoy wine that would go nicely with grilled vegetables, or a goat cheese, greens and walnut salad.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

This mix of clones 115, 667, 777, and 828 was aged in French oak for 10 months, which brings a light tannic character to a basket of Italian plums, blackberries, black currants, and some fresh thyme. While those are darker fruit notes, the wine is quite bright and pristine, with juicy acidity; it's very easy to keep going on the glass.

Kurtis Kolt - Georgia Straight

SpierHead Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block 2015

GFV stands for Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, and that's SpierHead's home vineyard situated right at the winery. Clones 777, 115, and 828 are all grown in the sandy, silty soils here - each of them present in this wine that has also been aged in French oak for 10 months. I find the oak here a little more prominent and toasty amongst the red-berry fruit on the nose; the aromas immediately reminded me of the cherry pies with crazy-hot filling that McDonald's used to have. I totally mean that as a good thing, by the way; if it's a little to lowbrow for you, maybe think clafoutis instead. On the palate, those cherry notes continue, with a few baked apples and cinnamon thrown in for good measure.

Kurtis Kolt - Georgia Straight

The wine is dry, and overall lighter in acidity, tannins, alcohol and body. It is very soft and round with a light mouth feel. Red fruits and violets to start on the palate, followed by candied red cherries, then red spice. With decanting the "candied" part of the red cherry dissipated, leaving red cherry. i also picked up some plum and a salty mineral component in the background. Medium plus length, with mouth water acidity, fine dry tannins, and flavours of red fruit and light sweet spice. I think this wine can be enjoyed over the next 3-5 years. Another delicate floral Pinot from SpierHead. More complex than their white label Pinot Noir, this wine would pair nicely with seared salmon or maybe Chinese bbq pork.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal

SpierHead Pinot Noir Cuvee 2015

The 2015 Spierhead Cuvee, a blend of the best barrels from the harvest, is showing the generosity of warmth in the vintage. The attack is soft with a fair bit of glycerol over a mix or red plums and black cherries. The oak kicks in mid-palate adding weight and texture with a spicy, earthy back end. Tightly wound and youthful, it looks like it could age well. The flagship is a mix of clones aged in 100 per cent French oak: 30 per cent Pommard and 70 per cent Dijon 115, 777, 828 and 667. Winery direct or private wine shops.

Anthony Gismondi - Vancouver Sun

While Spierhead's Pinot Noir portfolio is solid across the board, the Cuvee represents a selection of the best barrels. Made in limited quantities, so best to snap up this new release while you can.

Michaela Morris - Westender

Finally, the winery selects its best fruit to hand-harvest and age in its best barrels, and that becomes the cuvee; this year's edition is composed of a Pommard clone, along with clones 667, 777, 115, and 828. Black licorice and dark fruit are here in spades, with a good splash of espresso and cocoa toward the finish. Further sips include notes of beef brisket, oregano, and a pinch of pepper at the end. There's a lot going on here, and it's only going to get better over the next couple of years.

Kurtis Kolt - Georgia Straight

SpierHead Pinot Noir Cuvee 2015 - is made in limited quantity and is blended each year from selected barrels that stand out to the wine maker. The grapes are hand harvested, whole berry fermented and aged in French oak. The wine is made from a selection of clones: 30% Pommard, 21% Dijon 667, 21% Dijon 777, 14% Dijon 115, and 14% Dijon 828. A bigger Pinot Noir of excellent quality; Ripe fruit flavours and good tannic structure to make this wine an excellent companion to a special dinner (roast duck breast or rack of lamb), and can be aged at least 4-5 years.

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal