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Wine Recommendation

Glenterra Vineyard 2005 Pinot Gris

Glenterra Vineyard

2005 Pinot Gris, Estate
(Vancouver Island)

Tiny Glenterra Vineyards, located in the Cowichan Valley near Cobble Hill, is a gem among Vancouver Island wineries, with a growing list of awards to boast about. The grape growing and winemaking is handled by Glasgow-born John Kelly, who formerly ran a successful but boring business manufacturing highway signs until he was overcome by the passion for wine. In 1998 Kelly and his partner, Ruth Luxton, a chef, bought a Cobble Hill property that only had an acre of experimental grapes. Short on capital, they opened the winery two years later by converting a garage and, as wine sales generated cash, planted another 4.5 acres of vines over the next few years. Taking things one step at a time has worked: this fall, Kelly will crush his grapes in a brand new winery.

Estate-grown Pinot Gris has emerged as one of Kelly’s flagship white wines. There is never much of it: he has 1,300 Pinot Gris vines, just enough to make about 100 cases a year.

For this vintage, Kelly used only free-run juice (the press wine is blended into a tasty white called Vivace, along with an eclectic mix of varieties from the experimental plot). Kelly aged the Pinot Gris for six months in three-year-old French oak barrels. Consequently, the note of oak in this wine is subtle, showcasing the clean aromas and flavours of the variety. The flavours are a blend of white peach and citrus, with minerality and acidity combining to give the wine a crisp, dry finish. 90 points.

Reviewed September 20, 2006 by John Schreiner.

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The Wine

Winery: Glenterra Vineyard
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Vancouver Island
Grape: Pinot Gris / Grigio
Price: 750ml $22.00

Review Date: 9/20/2006

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.