Photo: Township 7 winemaker Mary McDermott
With these releases, Township 7 Vineyards & Winery shows
off two strong vintages just in time for holiday buying.
Both of the firm’s wineries conveniently have seasonal open
The 2014 Gewürztraminer, available just to the wine club
members, was made by Mary McDermott, the winemaker who joined Township 7 that
year from Ontario
The 2013 wines were made by Brad Cooper, the former
winemaker. However, Mary had a major hand in finishing and blending the reds,
in effect giving those wines two parents.
Well, the quality is such that there is plenty of credit to
With the exception of the Merlot, the volumes of these wines
are relatively limited. They are available on line and also at Township 7’s
wineries near Penticton
and in Langley District
The Naramata Bench winery offers visitors a Dickens-inspired
Christmas on December 5, with live music, mulled wine and hot chocolate for the
winery has a Christmas open house on December 12 and 13. This is a charity
event for Ronald McDonald House.
Here are notes on the wines.
Gewürztraminer 2014 ($17.97 for 278
cases). The wine begins with aromas of ginger, orange peel and lychee. It
presents intensely on the palate, with flavours of citrus. The finish is dry,
punctuated emphatically with spice. 90.
Township 7 Merlot
2013 ($22.60 for 1,178 cases). The wine begins with aromas of plum, black
cherry and vanilla. On the palate, there are flavours of black currant, tobacco
and chocolate. Full in texture thanks to the 15% Cabernet Sauvignon in the
blend, the wine has long ripe tannins, with a lingering finish of Christmas
Township 7 Cabernet
Sauvignon 2013 ($23.47 for 478 cases). The grapes for this are from the Blue
Terrace Vineyard at Oliver, a long-time grower for Township 7. This wine has
15% Merlot in the blend to enrich the texture and mid-palate. The wine begins
with aromas of black cherry and vanilla mingled with spice and cassis. On the
palate, there are flavours of black cherry, vanilla, tobacco and chocolate,
with a spine of minerality. The long ripe tannins give the wine a polished
texture. It is drinking well now but the patient consumer who cellars this for
another five years will be well rewarded. 92.
Township 7 Cabernet
Franc 2013 ($27.97 for 278 cases; wine club only). The grapes for this are
from the Rock Pocket Vineyard, also near Oliver. The wine begins with almost
perfumed aromas of blackberry and black cherry. On the palate, there are
flavours of spicy cherry with hints of cigar box on the finish. The tannins are
firm. The wine needs to be decanted for immediate
consumption but it will develop spectacularly in bottle over the next five or
six years. 92.
Township 7 Reserve 7
2013 ($32.97 for 468 cases). This blend is 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet
Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and one percent each Malbec and Petit Verdot. This
wine begins with aromas of black cherry cassis and vanilla; the later reflects
the 24 months of aging on French and American oak barrels. The wine is
harmonious and full on the palate, with flavours of cassis, chocolate, tobacco
and cedar. The ripe tannins allow for drinking this now, with decanting, but
the wise choice would be to cellar the wine for five more years and let it
blossom in the bottle. 92.