Accolades

How’d we score? Check out a sampling of great reviews by noted international wine critics…

Chardonnay

Served to Her Majesty the Queen, Government of Canada State Dinner, 2010

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh toured Eastern Canada in June and July, they were served, among other things, a 2007 chardonnay from Township 7. Lucky them. The Naramata, B.C. winery produces excellent wines from both the south Okanagan Valley and from vineyards around Langley, southeast of Vancouver.

Score: Double Gold

Northwest Wine Summit 2016

Score: Gold

All Canadian Wine Championships, 2012 and 2013

Score: White Wine of the Year

All Canadian Wine Championships, 2003

2017 vintage

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail “Medium-bodied and glossy. Deftly oaked, as though you can’t taste it directly but can feel it in the soft texture and ample body, a smoking gun. Fleshy apple with notes of pear and citrus. So drinkable and harmonious.” October 2018

Score: 91

John Schreiner “Half of this wine was fermented in new 1,000-litre oak fermenter. The other half was fermented in stainless steel. The wine begins with aromas of apple with subtle accents of vanilla. The flavours echo the aromas. There is also a rich buttery note on the finish. The commendable restraint on the oak means the wine delivers fresh fruit flavours.” December 2018

2016 vintage

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail “Smartly balanced, with vibrant acidity supporting the rounded texture and apple-pineapple fruit. Fermented partly in stainless steel and partly in American oak, the latter helping to impart spicy-toasty-vanilla notes. The wood is very well-integrated. Good value.” September 2017

Score: 90

John Schreiner, “Half of this wine was fermented in American oak barrels; the other half in stainless steel. The oak treatment brings a subtle note of vanilla to aromas of apples and pineapples. On the palate, there are flavours of peach and citrus, with subtle oak. The finish is dry, with notes of spice.” August 2017

2015 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “Consumers should pick up a few bottles of this wine if only because most of the grapes in it came from the Sundial Vineyard on Black Sage Road. Harry McWatters sold it early this year and the current owners are expected to phase out selling fruit as they develop a new winery over the next few vintages  This wine begins with aromas of citrus and apple. Half of the wine was fermented in French oak and the subtle toasty oak aromas and flavours delicately frame the apple, peach and vanilla flavour.” September 2016

Score: 90

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva, “Toasted, potent, lemony. Toasted oak, browned butter, grilled lemons, melon, spice and toffee nuts dominate the nose. The palate is equally toasted and buttery, lemony and potent. It is a concentrated stye with a long leesy and flinty finish.” November 2016

Merlot

2016 vintage

Score: Platinum

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition 2018

Score: Gold

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018

Score: 91

John Schreiner “This wine is made with grapes from both Blue Terrace and the Front Yard Vineyard. A portion of the wine was fermented in a 5,000-litre oak fermenter, an example of the new tools owner Ge Song has provided his winemaker. The wine is rich and concentrated, with aromas and flavours of black cherry, black currant and vanilla.” October 2018

2015 vintage

Score: 94 & Best in Class

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2018

Score: 91

Daenna Van Mulligen, “A savoury vintage of this Merlot, you can expect plummy flavours layered with dried cherries, peppery spices, mocha, leather and dried sage. Sweet and expressive fruit lead the palate; it’s lively acidity adds levity to a rich chocolaty and spicy character. Great overall style, nicely woven and balanced with a long sweet tobacco finish.” April 2018

Score: 90

John Schreiner, “This is a blend of fruit from five vineyards; it also has eight percent Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a bold and ripe Merlot, reflecting the vintage. It has aromas and flavours of black cherry, black currant and plum with touches of tobacco and vanilla (the wine was aged 18 months in American and French oak). This is a very satisfying Merlot.” December 2017

2014 vintage

Score: 90

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva, “Velvety, juicy, tasty. Township 7 has a house style of plush red wines and this one does not differ. Intense and velvety on the nose, it offers creamy chocolate, plums and spice cake, dried violets and baking spices and cedar chips. The palate entry is juicy, it has a soft mi-palate and flavours of dusty plums, cocoa and spice. Overall, good balance, a tasty wine.” May 2017

Score: 90

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This wine is widely available. The wine was aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels, polishing the long ripe tannins. It begins with aromas of cassis, black cherry and vanilla. On the palate, there are flavours of black cherry and blackberry. The texture is firm but it opens up if you decant the wine or give it time to breathe.” February 2017

2013 vintage

Score: 92 & Gold

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016

2009 & 2010 vintages, respectively

Gold

All Canadian Wine Championships, 2012 and 2013

2009 vintage

Gold & Best Canadian Merlot

Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards, 2012

Double Gold

WinePress Northwest Platinum Awards, 2012

2007 vintage

Score: 92 & Best Canadian Merlot

James Suckling, former senior editor, Wine Spectator Lots of tobacco and fruit on this with hints of dried fruits as well. Full and very polished, with dark chocolate and berries. Subtle and focused. Reminds me of a solid Tuscan Merlot. So good now but will keep going and going.” Feb. 27, 2011

Sauvignon Blanc

2017 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner “Fermented in stainless steel, the wine begins with lime and stone fruits, leading to flavours of lime, guava and quince. The finish is crisp with lingering herbal notes.” December 2017

2016 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner “This is a crisp and tangy Loire-style white. It begins with aromas of lime and lychee. On the palate, herbal notes mingle with lime and gooseberry. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at relatively cool temperatures, preserving the freshness in the flavours.” June 2017

2015 vintage

Score: 93 & Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016

Gold

All Canadian Wine Championships, 2016

Score: 91 & editor's choice

Paul Gregott, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Opening with classic peavine aromas, this is a bright, fleshy and pungent wine that should delight fans of Loire Valley-style Sauvignon Blancs. Rich, cascading flavors of fig, pear, grapefruit and star fruit keep the mouthfeel lively. Just 10% was barrel-fermented, the rest in stainless.” March 2017

2009 vintage

Score: 93

Best White Wine in Canada

James Suckling, former senior editor Wine Spectator “This is fascinating with a super minerally, white pepper character on the nose and palate. Medium bodied, with bright acidity. Very intense. Really original. A Canadian “Silex”. Baby Sancerre.” Feb. 27, 2011

Reserve 7

2016 vintage

Score: 95, Gold & Best in Class

L.A. International Wine Competition 2019

Score: 93

John Schreiner, “This is the winery’s flagship Bordeaux blend, made with 56% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and one percent combined of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine had been aged 24 months in French and American oak barrels. The wine begins with aromas of plum, black cherry and vanilla. On the palate, there are flavours of black currant mingled with vanilla, cocoa and cigar box. The tannins are firm but polished. This wine has great potential to cellar.” July 2019

Score: 92

Rick VanSickle, “From four terroirs in the Okanagan Valley, this is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot that spent 24 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. It has a heady nose of blackberries, cherries, earth, forest floor, black currants and elegant spice notes. It’s ripe and rich on the palate with a range of dark fruits, touch of kirsch and earthy/meaty notes to go with fine-grained tannins and integrated spice on a finessed finish.” July 2019

Score: 91

Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.com, “A seductive, full-bodied BC red wine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grapes. The winemaker imposes low yields of 2/3 tons per acre versus the average of 4-6. Aromas of black currant, tanned leather, dark berries, smoke, cigar box, dried herbs and pensil led. Long finish. Highly recommended. Pair with a grilled steak.” August 2019

Score: 90

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, “This Bordeaux-style blend is Merlot dominant, filled out by 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc and a splash each of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The ripeness of the fruit carries it, offering a full spectrum of blue and red berry flavors framed by light citrus. The overall balance continues through a clean, smooth finish.” June & August 2019

2015 vintage

Score: Double Gold

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition 2018

Score: Gold

Northwest Wine Summit, 2018

Score: 92

Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com & Quench Magazine, “This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon is mostly sourced from the Blue Terrace Vineyard. It’s bottled unfiltered and shows a dark purple in the glass with a hedonistic nose of perfumed blackberries, earth, tobacco, currants, raspberries and elegant oak spice notes. It has structure and poise on the palate with expressive notes of cherries, currants, anise, spice, toasted vanilla and plush tannins through a long finish. Can cellar 7+ years.” August & November 2018

Score: 91

Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.com, “A robust BC red wine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grapes. The winemaker imposes low yields of 2/3 tons per acre versus the average of 4-6. Dark red hue in the glass. Aromas of tanned leather, dark berries, smoke, cigar box, dried herbs and graphite. Long finish. Highly recommended. Pair with a rare steak.” August 2018

2014 vintage

Score: Gold, Red Meritage Blend

Northwest Wine Summit, 2017

Score: 94

John Schreiner, “The winery’s flagship red, this is a blend of 68% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. The majority of the fruit is from the Blue Terrace Vineyard. This wine begins with aromas of black cherry, cassis and mint. It delivers a rich medley of flavours, including black cherry, black currant, dark chocolate and cedar box. The wine has been aged 24 months in French and American oak. The tannins still have some grip. The wine should be decanted. It will also age well, peaking perhaps in 2024.” December 2017

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva “Plush, concentrated, generous. Township 7’s red meritage blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Expect lush cassis and chocolate mint patties, pencil shavings and plum cake. It is dense, thick and concentrated but fresh and laden with with generous fruit, chocolate, espresso and brown spices. Great acidity here adds wonderful levity and makes it even more appealing.” January 2018

Score: 92

Mike Lowe “Aged in a combination of French and American oak for 24 months, this big red meritage delivers on all fronts. It’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. You can expect aromas of rich, black cherry/ blackberry, cigar box, eucalyptus, smoked meat, and vanilla. These notes explode on the palate — concentrated, and supplemented by dried plum and licorice notes. Drinking well now will but will improve over the next 2-5 years.” September 2017

2013 vintage

Score: 90

Paul Gregott, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “There’s an herbal frame around dark cassis fruit and a powdery mouthfeel from stiff, dry tannins. The accents of char, graphite and smoke are well integrated.” May 2016

2012 vintage

Score: 91

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Smoky, spicy aromatics lead into an intriguing Bordeaux-style blend. Well-defined, dense and balanced, its flavors are stacked vertically, supple and tight, with berry, cherry, plum and chocolate interwoven. Tannins are firm and smooth.” July 2015

Cabernet

2016 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner “This is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Cabernet Franc. The wine begins with aromas of cassis, black cherry and mocha, echoed on the palate along with coffee and tobacco notes. Long, ripe tannins give the wine a generous texture.” October 2018

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine, “Inaugural blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from vineyards throughout the South Okanagan. Aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Aromas of red and black fruit with toasty notes before a plush palate of mulberry, plum and black cherry with easy tannins and a hint of spice through the close.” October 2018

Cabernet Franc

2016 vintage

Score: 92

John Schreiner, “This vibrant wine, which has 7% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, begins with the classic brambly, raspberry and cherry aromas of the varietal. On the palate, there are flavours of spice and dark fruits. The finish is persistent. Decanting is also recommended.” January 2019

Score: 91

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “Full-bodied but light on its feet. Juicy cherry, black currant and tangy cranberry lead the way, joined by a breezy herbal essence and barrel-driven bass notes of cedar, caramel and smoke. For comparison’s sake, it’s like a fleshier, substantial Loire red from a good year.” February 2019

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine & www.hiredbelly.com, “With seven percent Cabernet Sauvignon, primarily from Oliver’s Rock Pocket vineyard. Forward black fruit and mocha notes with some peppery hints before a well balanced, medium to full bodied, plush palate of mulberry, cassis and black cherry, with spicy undertones and well balanced tannins through the rounded end.” March/April 2019

Score: 91

Natalie Maclean, www.NatalieMaclean.com, “A savoury, juicy BC red wine made from Cabernet Franc grapes grown in the winery’s Rock Pocket Vineyard and North Bench Oliver vineyards. Smoky, dark and delicious with black fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Decant 2 hours.” January 2019

Score: 90

Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun “This Cabernet Franc soars out of the glass with fragrant black fruit laced with dusty, savoury Okanagan spicing that folds into a minty, peppercorn finish. Again, the key ingredient is the vintage 2016 and its extended growing season. All is in balance, and there is softness and a feminine aspect to this wine that suggests more St. Emilion than Loire. It’s soft and friendly and stuffed with blackcurrant and cocoa but never to the extreme. The tannins are round and mostly svelte in the mouth. A peppercorn steak would be my suggestion.” January 2019

Score: 90

Rick VanSickle “A combination of fruit from the Rock Pocket and Blue Terrace vineyards in Oliver and the Romar Vineyard in Osyoos. The nose reveals lovely black cherry, raspberry bramble, integrated herbs, spice and minty accents. The fruits turn darker on the palate with black currants and anise and underlying crushed red berries all delivered on a structured frame with silky tannins and depth through the finish. Cellar 4+ years.” January 2019

2015 vintage

Score: Gold

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards, 2018

Score: 92

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.ca “From Rock Pocket Vineyard, lifted aromas of fresh crushed red and black berries with some earthy notes precede a vibrant, juicy and layered palate of raspberry, damson and cassis notes, balanced by freshness and acidity with a distinctive mineral streak and lingering, slate finish.” April 2018

Score: 91

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva “Fresh, silky, savoury. Harvested from the estate Rock Pocket Vineyard on the north Oliver Bench, there were 328 cases made of this Cabernet Franc. Notes of chocolate and toffee, red currents and licorice mingle with savoury aromas of tealeaf, spice and dried herbs. It is supple; the texture silky and it boasts high-toned red fruit. The finish is long and fresh.” June 2018

Score: 91

Rick VanSickle, winesinniagra.com & Quench Magazine “Lovely, elegant nose of integrated red fruits, spice and touches of plums, cassis and herbs. It turns bolder and spicier on the palate with red and dark fruits, black licorice, roasted herbs, good tannic structure, savoury notes and ripe tannins on smooth finish. Can cellar 4+ years.” January 2018

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This wine, with grapes from the Rock Pocket Vineyard near Oliver, was aged 24 months in French and American oak barrels. The wine begins with the brambly aromas so classic for this varietal. There is also a note of vanilla. On the palate, there are flavours of blackberry, black cherry and mocha with a touch of spice on the finish.” December 2017

2013 vintage

Score: 92

Rick VanSickle, renowned Canadian wine critic “A robust and ripe Cabernet Franc with a thrilling nose of deep, rich blackberry, blueberry, roasted coffee bean, nutmeg, bramble and baking spices. It’s thick and juicy on the palate with a combination of red and dark fruits, spice, vanilla and silky tannins though a smooth finish. Delicious wine.” December 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 vintage

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Complete, harmonious, stylish. Classic notes of pencil shavings, bell peppers, cassis and Damson plums are layered with mint, cocoa, tobacco and mint. The palate parrots the nose; fresh and spicy, seamless and harmonious. Undeniably complete.” November 2018

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “Well-tuned, textbook cabernet sauvignon flavours. This is full-bodied but not weighed down with sugar, with polished tannins and notes of cassis, mint, cedar and chocolate. More Bordeaux-like than most sunny Okanagan cabs, with good herbal lift to balance the oak-driven bass notes.” December 2018

Score: 90

John Schreiner, “The grapes for this are from the Blue Terrace Vineyard at Oliver which has supplied Township 7 since 2000. This was the vineyard which the winery purchased this summer. The wine, which was fermented in 5,000 litre oak fermenters, begins with aromas of black cherry and black currant mingled with toasty oak. On the palate, the flavours echo the aroma, with bright berry notes on the finish. The tannins are long and ripe.” December 2018

2015 vintage

Score: 93

John Schreiner, “There is 13.8% Merlot in this wine, which perhaps accounts for its accessible feel on the palate. Grapes for this outstanding wine come from the Blue Terrace and Sundial Vineyards. It begins with aromas of cassis and black cherry. On the palate, there are mouthfilling flavours of black currant, black cherry, plum, spice and vanilla. Aging the wine 18 months in French and American oak polished the long, ripe tannins.” December 2017

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail “A cabernet with energy (are you listening, Napa Valley?). Full and ripe yet with tangy-juicy verve. Black currant, black-olive tapenade, cedar and cigar box with a whisper of mint. Textbook cabernet that tastes natural rather than engineered.” November 2017

Score: 90

Daenna Van Mulligen, winescores.ca & Vines Magazine, “Succulent, concentrated, stylish. Here is a meaty and succulent version of Cabernet, offering wild black berries and mocha, dried sage, pencil shaving and toasted spice aromas. Equally savoury on the palate it has grit and grip, impressive concentration and a long fresh finish. A stylish red to pair with almost anything you can throw on the grill or with hearty pastas or hard cheeses.” April 2018

Score: 90

Rick vanSickle, “Fruit is from south Okanagan’s Blue Terrace Vineyard and Sundial Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench in the near perfect 2015 vintage that favoured red varietals. The nose show rich aromas of black berries, currants, cherries, raspberries, cigar box cedar, toasted vanilla and oak spice notes. It has intense dark fruits on the palate with cherry accents, leather, licorice and a range of barrel spice notes. Look for firm tannic structure and length through the finish. Can cellar 4+ years for further integration.” November 2017

2014 vintage

Score: 92

Rick vanSickle, Quench Magazine “It’s quite dense in the glass and displays a complex array of blackberries, cassis, cherries, graphite, fine oak spice and toasted oak notes on the nose. It’s robust and concentrated on the palate with fine tannic structure, dark fruits, vanilla and beautiful spice accents.” October 2017

2013 vintage

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail “Full-bodied, juicy and spicy, this is well-rounded cabernet, with a small proportion of merlot for added softness in the mid-palate. Generously oaked, it’s redolent of cassis, smoky cedar and dark cherry.” March 2016

Gewürztraminer

2017 vintage

Score: 92

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine & www.hiredbelly.com, “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.” March/April 2019

Score: 92

Rick VanSickle, “From a combination of Naramata and Oliver fruit, this is a special Gew. The nose opens with a spicy/gingery blast then tangerine, lime, grapefruit, rose petals and freshness kick in. It’s nicely off-dry on the palate with notes of buckwheat honey, ginger, grapefruit, lychee, tropical fruits in a style that shows weight and vibrancy through the finish.” January 2019

Score: 91

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Township 7’s Naramata Bench estate vineyard Gewurztraminer is always expressive; lychee, Meyer lemon, exotic spices, honey and rose-scented cold cream and juicy pomelo. It is weighty and oily lush but tangy. Honeyed flavours with spice trail across the finish; it is lengthy and off-dry, but wonderfully balanced.” March 2019

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “The wine begins with aromas of rose petal spice and lychee, leading to a medley of tropical fruit flavours (lychee, peach) with a hint of ginger on the dry finish. There is good weight on the texture.” January 2019

Score: 90

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, “A real strength at this estate, this young wine is done in a solid, chunky style not usually associated with this grape. Big fruit flavors combine lychee, lemon and pineapple.” June 2019

2016 vintage

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine, “Classic, varietal aromas of rose petal and seductive floral and ginger notes precede a luscious, layered and perfumed palate of ginger and orange blossom with a hint of lingering spice in the finish. Excellent value at $17.97.” April 2018

Score: 90

John Schreiner, “This is made with Naramata Bench grapes fermented in stainless steel. It begins with aromas of lychee and rose petal spice, leading to flavours of lychee and grapefruit, with a hint of ginger on the finish. The wine is balanced to finish dry.” December 2017

2015 vintage

Score: 92

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “A splendid example of this variety, intensely spicy, with the characteristic scents and flavors of rose petals, lychee fruit and baby powder. It shows tremendous depth and precision, and could be cellared through 2020, but why wait?” May 2016

Muscat

2017 vintage

Score: 92 & top 100 wines of 2018

Daenna Van Mulligen “Pristine, tangy, perfumed. Here’s one of a couple of drier Muscats coming out of the Okanagan, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  There is impressive focus and a pristine fruit character at work here. A perfumed wine offering a bouquet of freesia and jasmine flowers, white raisins soaked in honey, apricot, lime peel and tangerine. The palate is tangy and concentrated; a kiss of sweetness pops the fruit; the finish is mouthwatering. Absolutely delicious.” December 2018

Score: 91

John Schreiner “This wine begins with delicate ginger and rose petal notes. The dry palate delivers flavours of orange peel. The crisp finish is lingering.” December 2018

Score: 90

Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com “A lovely Okanagan Muscat with grapes grown on the Naramata Bench. In 2017 vintage delivers floral notes, honeydew and peach blossom. Pair with fragrant dishes, from Asian curries to pad Thai.” March 2019

2016 vintage

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine “From Rock Pocket Vineyard in Oliver, a distinctly chalky and floral top is followed by generous but elegant tropical notes of orange and lychee with a touch of ginger spice before a lengthy and luscious clean finish.” November 2017

Score: 90

Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com, “A lovely Okanagan Muscat with grapes grown on the Naramata Bench. In 2017 vintage delivers floral notes, honeydew and peach blossom. Pair with fragrant dishes, from Asian curries to pad Thai.” March 2019

Score: 90

Rick vanSickle “In the classic Alsatian syle, this spicy, floral wine is aromatic with orange blossom, pear and ginger notes. The palate exhibits lively stone fruit, orange zest and ginger with notable minerality and vibrant acidity. Here’s a wine to pair with spicy Thai or other Asian dishes.” September 2017

2015 vintage

Score: Trophy, Best White Varietal "Other"

BC Best of Varietal Wine Awards 2016

Score: 91 & editor's choice

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “With its intense scents and flavors of orange candy, Muscat is often made in a sweet style, but here it shows its dry side, and to good effect. Bright and penetrating scents and flavors hit on the entire spectrum of oranges, with excellent weight, precision and concentration. A touch of candied ginger adds further interest.” March 2017

Score: 90

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine “Alluring upfront orange and floral aromas precede a luscious, perfumed palate with citrus, intense mandarin orange, ginger and spice wrapped in firm acidity, before a lengthy end.” September 2016

NBO

2016 vintage

Score: 92

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “This Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc is as sturdy as a hardwood tree. Fittingly, it’s also not entirely shy in the oak department. But the wood is well-handled, contributing smoothness and a strong savoury essence to complement the formidably ripe fruit. The wine’s name sort of sounds like a hip-hop group from the eighties but it in fact stands for North Bench Oliver, the sunny Okanagan Valley district that provided the fruit.” January 2019

Score: 92

Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com “Wow! This full-bodied BC red wine blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc grapes from the North Bench Oliver (NBO) vineyards Blue Terrace and Rock Pocket. The 2016 Township’s 7 2016 NBO enjoyed a terrific vintage. Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherry, dark berries, mocha and spice. The wine was matured 24 months in French and American oak barrels. Oh me, oh my!” January 2019

Score: 91

John Schreiner “NBO stands for North Bench Oliver, the locale of the vineyards from which the grapes come. The blend is 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Decanting is recommended to let this wine open, as it is still youthful. It begins with aromas of black currant and black cherry. The palate echoes those fruits mingled with cedar and chocolate.” January 2019

Score: 91

Rick VanSickle “NBO stands for North Bench Oliver, where the grapes are sourced from the Blue Terrace and Rock Pocket vineyards. It’s a meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and has an elegant and pleasant nose of black currants, ripe blackberries, blue plum, savoury spices and toasted vanilla. On the palate look for a generous range of ripe dark fruits, plush tannins, depth of flavours, layers of spice notes that are all nicely integrated through the finish. Drinking really nice right now, but can cellar 3+ years.” January 2019

2014 vintage

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen “Concentrated, toasted, juicy. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the North Bench in Oliver, NBO was aged 24 months in American oak. Expect aromas of black cherries and wild berries, molasses and toffee, toasted oak, chocolate nibs and hazelnut cream with sage and mint. The entry offers sweet fruit and rolls into tobacco, spice, espresso and cedar flavours. Excellent depth and concentration balanced with juicy acidity, the tannins are powdery.” June 2017

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This is available only at the Township 7 wine shops in Langley and Penticton. NBO stands for North Bench Oliver, the location of Blue Terrace Vineyard. This wine is 58.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41.5% Merlot. This wine is so rich in flavour – plum, fig, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice – that it seemed almost port-like. It is not: the wine is ripe but the alcohol is a reasonable 14%. Like all the other reds in this release, NBO will cellar well for the next decade.” February 2017

Score: 90

Rick VanSickle “The blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot from the estate’s Blue Terrace Vineyard in Oliver. It has a powerful nose of cassis, anise, plums and savoury spices that go on and on. Simply gorgeous on the palate with generous black currants, anise, plums and a range of elegant oak spices. It’s highly structured with a bed of firm tannins and lifting acidity. Can cellar 5+ years.” January 2017

2013 vintage

Score: 92

John Schreiner, “NBO is short for North Bench Oliver, the location of Blue Terrace Vineyard. This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The bouquet of cherry, black currant and mocha is echoed in the flavours of this richly textured wine. The oak gives a hint of vanilla to the lingering finish.” February 2016

Pinot Gris

2017 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This wine was fermented in neutral oak and in barrel a further five months. It begins with appealing fruity aromas – peach, ripe apricot – that lead to flavours of pear and melon, with a hint of spice on the finish. The texture is generous and the finish is long.” December 2018

2016 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This wine was made primarily with grapes from the legendary Sperling Vineyard in East Kelowna. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel for five weeks at 12 degrees C, preserving the pristine fruit aromas and flavours. The wine begins with aromas of apple and pear. On the palate, there are flavours of apple, white peach and citrus.” August 2017

2016 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner, “This wine begins with aromas of pears and apricots. Generous on the palate, the wine has flavours of apples and lime. The wine is crisply dry with a persistent finish.” September 2015

Pinot Noir

2017 vintage

Score: 92

Rick VanSickle, “The Pinot grapes are sourced from the Remuda and Stoneridge vineyards in Okanagan Falls. It’s a perfectly dry Pinot and shows lovely dark cherries, forest floor, brambly raspberries and elegant spice notes on the nose. It’s smooth on the palate with rich and savoury red fruits, earth, anise and spice notes that are all lifted by bright acidity through the finish.” January 2019

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This wine, which was aged 12 months in French oak, begins with aromas of cherry and raspberry. On the palate, the flavours display dark, savoury fruit on a bed of silky tannins.” January 2019

2016 vintage

Score: 92 & Top 50 wines of 2018

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Inaugural, harmonious, impressive. This is Township 7’s second vintage of Pinot Noir. It has a spicy character, which is underscored by rhubarb and leather, violets and cherries, cedar chips and star anise. The palate is supple on the entry, is finely woven with impressive concentration and juicy fruit. Harmonious from start to finish.” July 2018

Score: 91

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “Concentrated for a pinot. And the marvel here is its velvety ripeness without the cloying jam of so many ripe pinot noirs grown in that sunny Golden State due south of British Columbia. Suggestions of cherry and raspberry coulis joined by chocolate and earthy essences of mushroom and cola. Smart choice for duck, grilled salmon or turkey.” December 2017

Score: 91

Rick VanSickle, “Winemaker Mary McDermott sources her Pinot for this lovely wine from Sperling in Kelowna and further south at Remuda in OK Falls. It has a bold nose of savoury red fruits, licorice, spice and cassis with anise and earth accents. It’s certainly a bolder style Pinot with concentrated red fruits, and earthy-spicy notes, but the muscular style is not out of proportion at all. I would age this two or three years to bring it all together. The rewards will be worth it.” January 2018

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This is a ripe, full-bodied wine, with aromas and flavours of black cherry and plum, with a hint of vanilla on the finish. It has an appealing velvety texture.  The grapes are from the Sperling Vineyard in Kelowna and the Remuda Vineyard in Okanagan Falls. The latter produces richer and denser fruit and that defines the robust character of this wine.” December 2017

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine, “Sourced from Okanagan Falls. Forward earthy and dark cherries on top before a more medium bodied palate defined by vibrant cherry and strawberry, underpinned by a savoury streak, with firm tannins and appealing spicy elements through a lingering, slightly herbal finish.” April 2018

2015 vintage

Score: 90

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine “Inaugural release for Township 7 sources Pinot Noir from one of the Okanagan’s heritage vineyards, planted to various clones of Pinot in 2008. Cherry and earthy notes on the nose before a light to medium bodied palate with easy tannins and well managed oak.” April 2017

Score: 88-90

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This is also a wine club exclusive; a pity because this is the winery’s first Pinot Noir and deserves wider distribution. The fruit is from the Sperling Vineyard in East Kelowna, where Ann Sperling also crafts excellent Pinot Noir. I thought the Township 7 wine was going through one of those notorious Pinot Noir phases and I left half a bottle until the second day. Then it showed its potential: bright fruit with delicate cherry flavours that were richer on the second day. The texture is wonderfully silky.” February 2017

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 vintage

Score: 93

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva “Textural, muscular, stylish. Made from Cabernet harvested from the rocky and heat-soaked Vanessa Vineyard in Similkameen, this robust version brandishes its pedigree.  Exceptional Cabernet Character–notes of wild black currents and briary berries, leather and graphite, spiced dark chocolate and jalapeno lead to a muscular and structured palate. It is textural and balanced, lively and persistent. Despite the power and bombastic fruit, it is still stylish.” October 2017

Score: 93

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This rich and full-bodied wine is the first reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Township 7, but hopefully not the last. Dark in colour, this wine begins with aromas of cassis, black cherry and spice. It fills the mouth with flavours of black cherry, plum, vanilla and dark chocolate. I agree with the winery’s description that this is a “robust red with great structure and flavours.” It has 14.7% alcohol but the rich flavours and texture carry the alcohol seamlessly. The winery recommends aging this five to 15 years. Good luck – you will find it hard to keep away from this delicious wine.” June 2017

Score: 92

Rick vanSickle, Quench Magazine “This is the first “Reserve” CS from Township and McDermott has done a great job with the fruit grown at the Vanessa Vineyard in the southern Similkameen Valley. It’s quite dense in the glass and displays a complex array of blackberries, cassis, cherries, graphite and fine oak spice and toasted oak notes on the nose. It’s robust and concentrated on the palate with fine tannic structure, dark fruits, vanilla and beautiful spice accents. Can age 5+ years.” October 2017

Reserve Chardonnay

2017 vintage

Score: 91

Rick VanSickle, “The fruit is from the Becker Vineyard (formerly known as Sundial Vineyard) in the warm climate of Oliver. This is a full-on Chard with a creamy/spicy nose of rich pear, apricot, baked apple and tropical fruit accents. It’s rich and buttery on the palate and shows poached pear, tropical fruits, toasted vanilla, baking spices and a long, vibrant finish. Great job.” January 2019

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “This vineyard on Black Sage Road formerly was called Sundial Vineyard. The wine was fermented in French oak barrels (20% new). The oak is very well integrated in the wine. This is a rich wine with aromas and flavours of citrus, apple, pineapple and vanilla. I recommend cellaring this another six to 12 months so that it can fully express the complexity.” January 2019

Score: 90

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine & www.hiredbelly.com, “Sourced from celebrated Becker Vineyard on Black Sage Bench. Intense orchard and stone fruit on the nose followed by apple and peach entry on a creamy palate with vanilla emphasis through the solid finish.” March/April 2019

Score: 90

Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com, “Rich and robust with layers of ripe golden apple, peach, butterscotch and toasty oak. Perfect for veal, grilled or roast chicken.” March 2019

2016 vintage

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Complex, creamy, nutty. The reserve Chardonnay from T7 is 100% barrel fermented and went through partial malolactic (secondary) fermentation. The grapes came from the Sundial Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, in Oliver. It is a full package Chardy; nutty aromas are woven with toasted brown spices, creamy yellow fruits, honey and it has undertones of butter cookies. It is rich on the palate like warm butter and brown sugar, baking spices and hazelnuts with a caramel finish. A full-throttle style, but with wonderful balance of freshness to keep you coming back for more.” August 2018

Score: 92

John Schreiner, “Grapes for this wine come from the Sundial Vineyard on Black Sage Road (now owned by Phantom Creek Estates). It was fermented in French and American oak barrels (30% new). It went through partial malolactic fermentation and, while aging in barrel, saw periodic lees stirring. It begins with aromas of citrus and butterscotch, leading to marmalade flavours.” December 2017

Score: 90

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine, “From Sundial Vineyard on the east side of Black Sage Bench. Vibrant orchard fruits and vanilla notes, precede a well textured, creamy and balanced palate of stone fruit, citrus and tropical tones with well managed oak, moderate acidity and a lengthy, buttery end.” April 2018

2015 vintage

Score: 92

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, “Aromas of buttered nuts sail forth, and turn into strong flavors set against stone fruits and skins. Details from barrel aging add nuances of spice and coconut to this tasty wine.” December 2017

Reserve Merlot

2015 vintage

Score: 92

John Schreiner “This terrific wine was available to the wine club only and now is sold out. It is a plush, satisfying wine, with aromas and flavours of black cherry, plum, black currant and vanilla.” October 2018

2014 vintage

Score: Double Gold

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, 2017

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva “Supple, expressive, delicious. The reserve Merlot is from the single southwest facing, gravelly-soiled Blue Terrace Vineyard north of Oliver and it is delicious. Black cherry, plums and blueberry aromas ascend from the glass followed by vanilla, baking spices, mocha and licorice. It is as expressive on the palate as the nose; plump and plush, purple fruits and chocolate dominate the palate. It’s also quite muscular and intense yet supple and it culminates with powdery cocoa tannins.” May 2017

Score: 92

John Schreiner “ This is exclusive to clubSEVEN. This intense and complex wine is made with grapes from Blue Terrace Vineyard near Oliver. This has been a source of grapes for Township 7 for almost 20 years, so the vines have excellent maturity. The wine begins with aromas of black cherry mingled with vanilla and minerality. There are flavours of dark red fruits, including plum and cherry, with dark chocolate and black licorice on the finish. Extended aging in French and American oak (30% new) has contributed to a svelte, elegant finish.” February 2017

Score: 91

Rick vanSickle, Quench Magazine “Another very fine wine from Township 7’s reserve program. This 100% Merlot was aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American oak, 30% of the barrels new. It has a generous and concentrated nose of blackcurrants, cherry, cocoa, bramble and an array of lavish spice notes. It’s a highly stylized wine on the palate propped up by a firm bed of tannic structure to go with meaty dark fruit, rich spice notes and plenty of length through the finish.” May/June 2017

Reserve Pinot Gris

2017 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner “This wine was fermented in neutral oak and in barrel a further five months. It begins with appealing fruity aromas – peach, ripe apricot – that lead to flavours of pear and melon, with a hint of spice on the finish. The texture is generous and the finish is long.” December 2018

 
2015 vintage

Score: 91

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Rich and creamy, this barrel-fermented (in neutral oak) wine has appealing flavors of pear tart, grapefruit and coconut cream pie. The bracing acids compensate for all the lush creamy flavor, and the result is darn near irresistible.” March 2017

Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2018 vintage

Score: 92

John Schreiner “The wine begins with spectacular aromas – herbal notes mixed with lime. That leads to savoury flavours of lime and green melon mingled with spicy oak. This barrel-fermented wine was aged seven months in French oak (85%) and stainless steel. This stylish wine has a lingering zesty finish.” July 2019

Score: 91

Rick VanSickle “This barrel fermented and aged in oak for 7 months SB from the estate Blue Terrace Vineyard in North Oliver is quite elegant with a nose of passion fruit, gooseberry, grassy/herb notes, grapefruit and subtle spice. It’s round and ripe on the palate with kiwi, hay, gooseberry, citrus zing and a balanced approach to the spice notes on the finish. Perfect pairing for shellfish and grilled spot prawns.” July 2019

Score: 90

Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun “Winemaker Mary McDermott has a terrific touch, as evidenced by the vibrancy and freshness of this Sauvignon Blanc. This wine will surprise you with its electricity, but even more so with its texture and complexity. Classic passion fruit leads the way with gooseberry, lemon, and lightly bitter, citrus pith flavours — a revelation for B.C. Sauvignon Blanc. Prawns, clams, mussels and goat cheese all work here. Winery direct.” July 2019

2017 vintage

Score: 92

John Schreiner “Fermented and aged seven months in barrel, this wine announces itself dramatically with aromas of lime, gooseberry and grapefruit with herbal notes. Those lead to intense flavours of tropical fruit, with a refreshing, tangy finish.” October 2018

Score: 90

Rick VanSickle “The fruit for this single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented and aged for seven months. It shows profound grapefruit, gooseberry, citrus and barrel spice notes on top of flinty minerality. It’s juicy on the palate and loaded with gooseberries, grapefruit, herbs and spice with a clean, tingling fresh finish. Very nice.” August 2018

2016 vintage

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen “Effusive, bouncy, precision. This effusive and exuberant Sauvignon doles out generous elderflower and nettle, grapefruit and guava, peach nectar and honey. It is delightfully bouncy with lovely fruit expression and very good precision.” April 2018

Score: 91

John Schreiner, “The grapes are grown on the gravelly soils of the Blue Terrace Vineyard in Oliver, a long-time supplier to Township 7. The wine was fermented and aged in French oak barrels (15% new, 85% neutral). There is a hint of vanilla, passion fruit and gooseberry on the nose, leading to flavours of lemon and apple. The texture is rich but the bright acidity gives the wine a long, fresh finish.” December 2017

2015 vintage

Score: 90

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Sourced from a single vineyard on Oliver’s North Bench, this was fermented and aged in one-quarter new French oak barrels. The time in oak has somewhat muted the snappy vitality of the fruit (some tasters might argue it has simply rounded it off). Grassy hints of fresh asparagus remain, and with peppery herb, juicy gooseberry and citrus peel.” March 2017

Riesling

2017 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner “The wine begins with classic aromas of petrol and citrus. The underlying minerality gives the wine a rich mouthfeel, with flavours of lime and lemon zest mingled with petrol. The finish is dry. This wine is showing well now but has more to give with another year or two in the bottle.” July 2019

Score: 90

Anthony Gismondi “Fool’s Gold Vineyard is a dry riesling from North Oliver, whose character reminds me a bit of Australia’s Clare Valley. The fruit is pressed and cold settled before fermenting at temperatures of 12-14C, with a small portion of the wine fermented wild in neutral oak, to retain every bit of the fruit. You smell and taste a pleasant fruity wine with a touch of talcum powder, grapefruit pith, lemon, lime and just a dusting of spice. Tart, crisp and ready for food, this is a winner.” June 2019

2016 vintage

Score: 91

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva “Dry, crunchy, racy. The Fool’s Gold Vineyard is located in north Oliver and is a nice (dry) addition to the portfolio. Marmalade and mineral tones are melded with wet stone, beeswax and crunchy green apples. It is rich but dry, with an almost earthy character. Racy and mineral focused it has a long and snappy finish.” June 2018

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine “Slightly petroleum, baked apple and citrus aromas before a keenly focused palate with luscious lemon lime and apricot supported by bright acidity and excellent tension through a zesty end.” April 2018

Score: 90

John Schreiner “This is a vineyard on Tuc-El-Nuit Road in Oliver. Mary is impressed with the fruit because the site allows the grapes to develop flavours at moderate ripeness, while preserving acidity. The dry wine has aromas of lemon and lime, good weight on the palate, and flavours of lime with a hint of petrol.” December 2017

2015 vintage

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine, “From Fool’s Gold Estate, north of Oliver. Lifted orchard and stone fruit notes on the nose precede a luscious, juicy palate of lemon lime with some stony notes and a streak of minerality wrapped in bright acidity, with alcohol kept in check at 11.5%. $24.97.” Autumn 2016

Score: 90

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This wine has laser focus of aromas and flavours, beginning with citrus aromas that lead to flavours of lime and lemon around a backbone of minerals. The racy acidity a refreshing tang. Think of a dry Mosel.” September 2016

Rosé

2018 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner “This wine is 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. The Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot were picked together, sent directly to press and then co-fermented. The wine has the classic pale hue of a Provence rosé. It begins with aromas of strawberry and cherry. Those fruits are echoed on the palate. The wine is dry with the structure reflecting the Cabernet Sauvignon backbone.” July 2019

Score: 90

Rick VanSickle “A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot from estate fruit in Naramata and Oliver. It shows a pretty pale salmon colour in the glass with a nose of rhubarb, fresh strawberries and savoury/herbaceous accents. Perfectly dry and crisp on the palate with fine texture and a range of red berries, rhubarb, cranberries and a fresh, vibrant finish.” July 2019

2017 vintage

Score: 91

John Schreiner “The wine has an attractive salmon pink hue. It begins with aromas of strawberry and rhubarb, leading to a bowlful of fruit flavours on the palate. The finish is crisp and refreshing.” October 2018

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “Pale peachy-pink in colour, this is dry yet with pleasantly plump weight and an almost sticky texture. It’s an uncommon blend of merlot, cabernet franc, pinot noir, malbec and petit verdot, produced in part with the saignée method as well as direct-press. Notes of ripe strawberry and cherry and well-tuned acidity deliver a delectable experience.” July 2018

2016 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner, “The wine is 65% Merlot, 19% Pinot Gris and 19% Malbec. Pale salmon pink, the wine has cherry and strawberry aromas, leading for flavours of strawberry and rhubarb. The wine has good weight and finishes with refreshing crispness.” August 2017

7 Blanc

2017 vintage

Score: 90 & top 100 wines of 2018

Daenna Van Mulligen “Spicy, floral, exotic. An estate blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Riesling and Muscat, but the Gew and the Muscat really lead the charge. Lychee, exotic spices, honey and rose petals, apricot and white raisin aromas dominate the nose. It is pristine yet flavourful with a soapy, slick texture. Honey, spices and floral flavours mimic the nose; it has a tangy lime finish and is wonderfully suited to sipping or pairing with spicier dishes and exotic Moroccan, South Indian or Thai cuisines.” November 2018

Score: 90

John Schreiner “This is a blend 50% Gewurztraminer, 28% Pinot Gris, 11% Viognier, 7% Riesling and 4% Muscat. The wine is refreshingly spicy. A touch of residual sugar supports the aromas and flavours of pear and apple. The finish lingers.” October 2018

Score: 90

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine, “A blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Riesling and Muscat yields a pleasant off-dry sipper with rose petal and tropical notes up front before a fruity, peach, lychee and pear toned palate with gentle acidity and a touch of sweetness that suggests a spicy pairing would go well.” October 2018

2016 vintage

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “The winery is Township 7 and the wine’s name 7 Blanc. But the secret number here is four, as in the inspired grape mix: gewürztraminer, pinot gris, viognier and riesling. Off-dry and luscious, it’s crafted in the oily Alsatian style, with viscous fruit and lovely overtones of spice and flowers. Ideal for Indian curries or a cheese plate.” May 2017

Score: 91

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This slightly off-dry white is a complex blend: 62% Gewürztraminer, 22% Pinot Gris, 6% Muscat, 6% Viognier and 3% Riesling. The wine pulls the consumer in with aromas of peaches, pears, lychee and spice. On the palate, there is a fruit salad of flavours including stone fruit, melon, apple and citrus. The texture is juicy but the acidity ensures a refreshing finish.” June 2017

2015 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This is a blend of 40% Pinot Gris, 50% Gewürztraminer and 10% Riesling. The 14 grams of residual sugar here pop the flavours of peach, guava and citrus; but the acidity is bright enough to keep the finish fresh.” May 2016

Seven Stars Equinox Sparkling Wine

2015 vintage

Score: 95

John Schreiner, “This wine was made with organic Pinot Noir grapes from Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna. It was about 25 months on the lees. When it was disgorged, a small amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay table wines were added to give it even more complexity and flavour. In the glass, this is an elegant wine with a lovely pink hue and energetic bubbles. The aromas of strawberry and citrus mingle with a touch of brioche. The wine has a creamy attack and flavours of strawberry and apple. The finish is crisp and clean.” April 2019

Score: 93

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly & Quench Magazine, “A very stylish single vineyard Traditional Method sparkling 100% Pinot Noir, sourced from long established Sperling Vineyards. Pretty, medium salmon in the glass, fine bubbles and a pleasing mousse. Citrus, red berry and some brioche notes precede a lively balanced and well-textured palate; highlighted bbq delicate strawberry and cranberry notes supported by fresh acidity through the finish.” July/August 2019

Score: 93

Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com“This sparkling rosé, the inaugural vintage of the Equinox in the Seven Stars sparkling program, is a single-vineyard sparkling wine made from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna, which farms organically and biodynamically. It was left on the lees for a minimum of 25 months. It shows a beautiful pale pink glow in the glass with a nose of fresh raspberries, strawberry patch, red currants, biscuit and minerality delivered on a gentle, persistent bead of bubbles. It shows delicate and fresh red berries on the palate with creamy/biscuit notes and a rousing vibrancy through the finish. Such a beautiful sparkling wine that can age 5+ years for further development.” April 2019

Score: 90

Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.com, “Winemaker Mary McDermott is bringing back the Township 7 bubble program with the release of three traditional méthod labels: Polaris, Equinox, and Eclipse. McDermott has made a bunch of fizz at Trius Winery in Ontario, so I am expecting good things. Seven Stars Equinox is sourced from Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna, and from the first pour, this is one intriguing rosé sparkler. The colour is perfectly hued along the light pink/orange vein. The nose is even better — complex, dry, earthy, and yeasty reflecting 25 months bottle ageing. The attack is tight, the bubble bead firm and the flavours deliciously contained in its far north, citrus, red-berry style. It will work with a variety of foods.” March 2019

Score: A

James Nevison, The Province, “The classic option is to toast with sparkling wine, and in this regard fortunately British Columbia wineries continue to expand the selection of quality province-made bubbly. One case is Langley and Naramata Bench-based Township 7, whose growing collection of Seven Stars sparkling wines are all made following traditional method practices. Equinox is their pinnacle bottling, a vintage sparkling Blanc de Noir rosé crafted from a single vineyard of biodynamic-farmed Pinot Noir. Pouring a light blush colour, it is lively and vibrant with generous berry fruit. Extended lees aging and richness from the Pinot Noir provide great texture and robustness, complemented by ample acidity to finish. Festive and elegant!” July 2019

Seven Stars Polaris Sparkling Wine

2016 vintage

Score: Gold

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, London, UK, 2019

Score: 93

Daenna Van Mulligen, “New, outstanding, pristine. The three new additions to Township 7’s revived sparkling portfolio are simply outstanding. This one, a blanc de blanc, made entirely from Chardonnay (sourced from estate vineyards in Oliver and Naramata) was left en tirage for 18 months to add complexity. 596 bottles were made. It’s an outstanding example, with smokey notes woven with pristine yellow apples, star fruit, oyster shells and beeswax. It has a fine persistent bead, impressive heft and creamy concentration along with pristine fruit and a razor sharp and lengthy finish.” May 2019

Score: 92

John Schreiner, “This is a Blanc de Blancs made from 100% Chardonnay. The wine spent about 18 months en tirage. This is also a sophisticated sparkling wine, beginning with aromas of citrus, Granny Smith apples and brioche which are echoed on the palate. There is a very active mousse which, again, gives the wine a creamy attack. However, the bright acidity gives the wine a crisp finish.” April 2019

Score: 92

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly & Quench Magazine, ”Traditional method Blanc de Blanc, 100% Chardonnay. A stream of fine bubbles and gentle mousse, aromas of brioche and orchard fruits followed by a well-structured palate of citrus, green apple and stone fruit, with generous but still lean mouthfeel underpinned by excellent acidity through a persistent finish.” July/August 2019

Score: 91

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, ”This sparkling wine is 100% Chardonnay made in the méthode Champenoise. Racy, rich and creamy, it spent 18 months en tirage and drinks beautifully already, though it’s also built to age. The fruit is quite ripe and almost lush for a bubbly, touching on a mix of tropical fruit flavors, including papaya.” June and August 2019

Score: 90 & Gold

L.A. International Wine Competition, 2019

Score: 90 & Silver

Decanter World Wine Awards, 2019

“Prevalent yet also subtle leesy notes of brioche and dough around citrus and stone fruits. Fine and pure, with tones of white flowers, toast and a fine mousse.” May 2019

Score: 90

Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com“This is a traditional method blanc de blanc crafted from 100% Chardonnay grapes that spent 18 months on the lees. The nose shows creamy apple, lemon, brioche/biscuit notes with touches of peach and vanilla toast. It has a vigorous mousse on the palate with granny smith apples, lemon-lime, minerals, brioche/baked bread, toasty notes with a robust mousse that all lead to crisp and finessed finish. A delightful sparkling wine.” April 2019

Score: 90

Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com, “A lovely, robust and rich sparkling BC wine with attractive aromas of toasted almond, golden apple and freshly baked bread. Enjoy on its own or with shellfish.” March 2019

2015 vintage

Score: 93, Double Gold & Best in Class

L.A. International Wine Competition, 2018

Score: Double Gold & Best in Class

Cascadia Wine Summit, 2018

Score: Double Gold

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition, 2018

Score: Gold

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards, 2018

Score: 92

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “Brut-dry and richly flavoured, this is traditional-method bubbly with excellent depth of flavour. The yeasty-leesy core supplies a brioche-like essence to support complementary notes of lemon curd and apple, carried on a sensually creamy mousse. Smartly balanced.” September 2018

Score: 92

John Schreiner “Made with Chardonnay, this elegant traditional method sparking wine begins with a vigorous mousse. It has aromas and flavours of citrus and brioche. On the palate, the wine dances lightly and is refreshing on the finish.” October 2018

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, HiredBelly.com & Quench Magazine, “A traditional method sparkling wine made from 100 percent Chardonnay. A fine stream of bubbles in the glass with persistent mousse. Lifted notes of fresh apple, citrus and brioche before a generous, creamy mouthfeel with good structure, grapefruit and lemon hints, through a textured close.” October 2018

Score: 91

Rick VanSickle, “This traditionally made blanc de blancs has a beautiful nose of lemon, biscuit, green apple, white flowers and grapefruit while showing a vigorous bead in the glass. It’s peppy on the palate with rich, bready notes to go with citrus, apple and cream that lead to a clean and refreshing finish.” August 2018

Score: 91 & Best Bubbles of 2018

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Creamy, classic, lively. This traditional method fizz is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and it has a classic and effusive character. Grilled yellow apples, exotic spices, buttered croissants and yeasty aromas lead to a complex and creamy palate. It has generosity, a fine mousse and lifted mouthfeel with finely hewn bubbles.” November 2018

2014 vintage

Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, 2017

Score: 92

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, “ Excellent traditional-method bubbly made from pinot noir and chardonnay. Impressively creamy texture, with doughy, fresh-bread depth and lemon and green apple fruit. Generously flavoured and bone-dry. Available only through the winery’s Club 7 wine club. Just 55 cases produced.” April 2017

Score: 91

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “ This limited production sparkling wine is exclusive to clubSEVEN.  Crisply dry and refreshing, this wine is made with Chardonnay. It has toasty and citrus aromas with flavours of green apple and lime mingled with the biscuit notes imparted by 18 months aging on the lees.” February 2017

Score: 90

Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine, “Winemaker Mary McDermott’s first Township 7 sparkler is 100% Chardonnay. Sports apple and citrus notes on top with some brioche hints before a crisp stonefruit and lime palate.” April 2017

Score: 90

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva, “Juicy. Fruity. Lively. After disappearing for multiple years, we are all delighted the T7 bubble program has returned. This traditional method fizz is specifically made for wine club members. It is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Langley (Fraser Valley) and Naramata (Okanagan Valley) vineyards spent 30 months on lees in the cellar. It delivers lively fruit aromas of guava, peach, honeysuckle and mandarin oranges, which lead to a fresh and juicy palate. Expressive golden fruit and a kiss on honey sweetness roll across your palate on finely hewn bubbles.” May 2017

2012 vintage

Score: 90

Daenna Van Mulligen Wine Diva, Vines Magazine “Racy, fine, pleasing. This traditional method fizz is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Langley and Naramata vineyards and offers crunchy red apples, citrus, wildflowers and smoke with vague toast and nutty undertones. It is racy with a bold citrus palate rounded out with honey. Fine bubbles enhance this pleasing and studious offering.” April 2016

1999 vintage

Gold, All Canadian Wine Championship, 2002

Syrah

2016 vintage

Score: 92

Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, “The Silver Barrel Vineyard overlooks Skaha Lake on the east side of the Okanagan Valley, facing west. An enticing nose of smoky/peppery black currants, blackberries, anise, undergrowth and barrel oak spices. Just gorgeous on the palate with a savoury/juicy range of black fruits, licorice, black peppercorns, lavish spice notes, good length and lift from racy acidity on the finish. Can age 5+ years.” April 2019

Score: 92

John Schreiner, “The grapes for this wine are from a Skaha Bench vineyard. The wine was aged 24 months in French and American oak (50% new). The rich fruit on the palate soaked up an amazing amount of oak; this is not over-oaked. The wine begins with aromas of black pepper, fig and vanilla. On the palate, there are the classic gamy flavours of the variety mingled with blackberry and black cherry.” April 2019

Score: 91

Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.com, “It’s been a decade since I have seen this wine, which is a shame, since it’s likely the best bottle of wine I have tasted from Township 7. Aromatic and fresh with peppery undertones, there is an inviting black fruit with fresh pepper and liquorice throughout. It’s the elegance that attracts, along with the meaty, truffle, peppery aftertaste. It spent 24 months in 50 percent new French and American barriques, including a single puncheon to breathe further style into the wine. Frankly, it seems worthy of all French oak, but I leave those details to the winemaker. Grilled or roasted beef is the match. The fruit is mid-valley Skaha Lake from the west facing rocky soils of Silver Barrel Vineyard. Only 298 cases were made.” March 2019

Score: 91

Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.com, “A rich, full-bodied, velvet-textured BC Syrah. Love this! Aromas of fleshy ripe black plum and smoke. Perfect for lamb with rosemary.” March 2019

Score: 90

David Lawrason, winealign.com “The winery is located on the Naramata Bench very near Penticton but the fruit for this syrah comes from a site a few kms south in Okanagan Falls. Aged almost two years in French and American oak it shows a nicely complex and correct nose of black cherry, black pepper, cedar and considerable wood smoke. It is medium-full bodied, firm and moderately tannic – not as soft and unctuous as many BC syrahs (which is good thing.)” April 2019

2014 vintage

Score: 92

Rick vanSickle, Quench Magazine, “What a beauty! The nose rocke with classic smoked deli meat, bacon fat, blackcurrants, pepper, sage, bay leaves and Cuban cigar leaf. Good structure on the palate for this pure and complex Syrah that shows a meaty, peppery profile with well-integrated dark fruits and spice.” April 2017

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva “Succulent, muscular, balanced. I think this wine perfectly illustrates the potential of Syrah in BC – this vintage it is both classic and succulent. The nose is especially pungent; notes of bacon fat and smoked brown spices, leather and espresso, toasted oak and bittersweet cocoa reveal a core of wild black berries. On the palate however, the fruit leads the charge; black berries, smoked meat, dark mocha and savoury spice flavours appear. It has a spicy and muscular countenance but bright acidity adds levity.” June 2017

Score: 91

Tim Pawsey, Hired Belly, “The winery sourced fruit from Similkameen’s celebrated Vanessa Vineyard for this plush rendition of a texbtook Syrah with black fruits and meaty notes on the nose before a palate of blackberry and white pepper, supple tannins and a lingering end.” April 2017

Score: 90

John Schreiner, renowned Canadian wine author “This is exclusive to the wine club.  The grapes for this wine are from Vanessa Vineyards, a vineyard which has turned heads with two Syrah vintages under its own label. The wine begins with appealing aromas of sweet fruit (plum and currants) along with notes of pepper and smoked meat. On the palate, the wine is robust and full-bodied with meaty flavours of fig, black cherry and dark chocolate.” February 2017

2007 vintage

Platinum, Wine Press Northwest 2010

Gold, Northwest Wine Summit 2010

Score: 90

Janet Dorozynsky, National Post “Made from from BC’s hot and dry Black Sage Road, a lush but elegant wine, with a characteristic flavour profile of Northern Rhone Syrah – black and red berries, white pepper, dried herbs and smoked meat. Medium/full-bodied, with soft ripe tannins and balanced acidity.” February 2012

Unoaked Chardonnay

2017 vintage

Score: 90

John Schreiner “Fermented and aged seven months in barrel, this wine announces itself dramatically with aromas of lime, gooseberry and grapefruit with herbal notes. Those lead to intense flavours of tropical fruit, with a refreshing, tangy finish.” October 2018

2015 vintage

Score: 90

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail “The Okanagan’s sunny 2015 growing blessed this white with ripe, opulent flavour. Medium-bodied and round, with no malolactic fermentation needed to add weight and creaminess, it even exhibits rich colour for a wine that saw no wood contact. It’s an orchard fruit medley of apple, peach and citrus, lifted by flinty edge and well-tuned acidity.” September 2016

Viognier

2017 vintage

Score: 94, Gold & Best in Class

L.A. International Wine Competition, 2019

Score: 91

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail “Superb viognier from an excellent producer. Medium-full-bodied, luscious and plump. There’s a suggestion of sweetness here but it’s more attributable to the viognier grape’s low acidity than to high sugar content. Flavours of orange marmalade, peach and apricot mix with musky spice and ginger. A great pairing for Indian curries. ” November 2018

Score: 93

John Schreiner “The Raju Vineyard is near Osoyoos. Some 30% of this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast in French oak barrels; the rest was fermented in stainless steel. Both the aromas and the flavours are intense, recalling peaches, apricots and passionfruit. The wine has good weight on the palate but the bright acidity maintains appealing freshness!” October 2018

Score: 90

David Lawrason, Wine Align “From a single site in Osoyoos, one third was fermented in French oak, and two thirds in stainless steel. There is a nice inlay of clove oak spice that does tone down viogniers elevated floral and fruity character, but with starfruit, peach and almost Easter lily florality, the viognier still dominates. It is medium-full bodied, smooth, warmish and spicy on the palate, with flavours accelerating. Acidity is a bit low but alcohol provides some ballast. Some licorice joins the finish. The length and concentration are excellent.” November 2018

Score: 90

Rick vanSickle “Wild fermented in 30% new oak with the rest stainless steel, this Osoyoos sourced Viognier has a highly aromatic nose of apricot, honeysuckle, jasmine, ginger and peaches with a subtle spicy note in the background. It’s ripe yet benefits from racy acidity on the palate with lifted apricot, guava, peach, ginger and subtle spice notes.” November 2018

2016 vintage

Score: 92

Daenna Van Mulligen “Seductive, pristine, concentrated. Viognier a seductively scented varietal, is well handled in this version and offers lemon meringue, ginger biscuits, white pepper, smoked peaches, wildflowers and verbena. Unlike some of its counterparts, this one is pristine, the acidity is notable, it has great concentration and excellent balance. It has a perfume quality to the palate as well. Lengthy and delicious, and as a side note, goes great with hickory smoked kettle chips, or Moroccan cuisine.” November 2017

Score: 91

John Schreiner “This wine was fermented in stainless steel; one barrel – about 25 cases – was barrel-fermented and added to the blend to enhance the richness. The wine begins with aromas of guava and ripe peach. On the palate, there are rich flavours of apricots and peaches. There is a honeyed note to the fruit but the wine has a lingering, dry finish.” August 2017

Score: 90

Rick vanSickle “This Viognier, sourced from sunny Osoyoos, is back after a hiatus of several years. Such a beautiful expression of this Rhone varietal with a nose of apricots, peaches, honeysuckle, Mandarin orange and ginger. It has lovely texture on the palate and clean, fresh impression to go with full-on tropical fruits, peach and a smidge of ginger. Well done!” September 2017

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