Spearhead Riesling 2017

SpearHead Riesling 2017

The Germans would call this a racy wine and would cellar it five to 10 years. The 7.8 grams of acid are balanced with eight grams of residual sugar, just enough to give the wine the palate tension one looks for in a good Riesling. It has aromas and flavours of lime, along with a steely spine of minerals. 91 pts.

John Schreiner on Wine


SpearHead Pinot Gris 2017

SpearHead Pinot Gris 2017

Ten percent of the juice was fermented in two-year-old French oak barrels while the rest was cold fermented in stainless steel. It has aromas and flavours of peaches and pears with a crisp and dry finish. The winery says drink this “now or cellar for 3 to 5 years.” I would rest it for two or three months for optimal development of aromas and flavour. 90 pts.

John Schreiner on Wine


SpearHead Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

SpearHead Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

This wine was made with subsequent pressings of the grapes used for the White Pinot Noir. The wine’s delicate rose petal hue is the result 48 hours of skin contact. It begins with aromas of raspberries and has flavours of raspberry and strawberry. It is balanced to finish dry. 90 pts.

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SpearHead White Pinot Noir 2017

SpearHead White Pinot Noir 2017

White Pinot Noir is rarely made but when you taste this crisp and aromatic white, you will wonder why more is not made. It is made from essentially free run juice after gently pressing whole bunches. It begins with aromas of apples and white peaches, which are echoed on the palate. The lively acidity, balanced with a touch of residual sugar, gives lift to the savoury flavours. 91 pts.

John Schreiner on Wine


Spierhead Pinot Noir 2016

Spierhead Pinot Noir 2016

The Spierhead pinot white label is the winery workhorse, responsible for about 60 percent of the production and frankly it has settled into a reliable, authentic drop of pinot noir. It’s crafted to reflect the Spierhead house, one I have said on other occasions is more Oregon than California, with a nod to Burgundy. Far less heat in 2016 has allowed the lighter, fresher, cooler style to return. It spends a less than a year in wood allowing it to come out of the barrels with juicy, bright red berry fruit aromas and flavours with a hint of savoury underbrush, compost and licorice. All you could want in a ready-to-drink easy-sipping style point noir that we have only come to know in the Okanagan. Veal chops, pork and or grilled salmon all work here. 89 pts

Anthony Gismondi - Vancouver Sun


Spierhead Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block 2016

Spierhead Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block 2016, East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley

Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, Spearhead’s East Kelowna home vineyard, is shaped like a saddle, hence the Saddle Block label moniker. In 2016 all the original plantings of Dijon clones 115, 777 and 828 made it into the wine blended 70/15/15. This has much wider appeal in 2016 with soft, slippery, supple fruit redolent in strawberry, tea and cherry notes, and with cinnamon and star anise in the back end. Tannins remain gentle. Think salmon sushi, pork belly or cedar plank grilled salmon. 90 pts

Anthony Gismondi - Vancouver Sun


Spierhead Pinot Noir Cuvee 2016

Spierhead Pinot Noir Cuvee 2016

A blend of Dijon clones 115, 667, 828, and Pommard. Deep garnet, dull in colour; again the dullness from being unfined and unfiltered. Medium intensity nose, youthful with aromas of bramble, bramble leaves, red fruit, raspberry, and lesser amounts of black fruit, cedar, vanilla and nutmeg. With decanting the raspberry aroma takes on a smoky character, and the cedar component decreases. Dry, and round, light bodied, with medium acidity and tannins. Smooth with an acid backbone. Flavours of raspberry and red cherry, with the fruit becoming sweeter mid-palate. There is also some perfume on the mid-palate. The wine with decanting becomes more prominent with cherry and perfume, as well as some chocolate. Medium plus length, finishing with sweet and tart red fruit, along with bramble fruit and some bitterness. Finishes light and airy, with soft tannins. With decanting, overall the wine is fuller bodied, with more cherry flavour, and a peppery finish. An elegant, feminine pinot noir. (4.5 stars)

Karl Klip - My Wine Pal