Photo: Winemaker Mary McDermott (courtesy Township 7)
In a happy
conjunction of events, Township 7’s 15th anniversary last year
coincided with one of the Okanagan’s best vintages.
spring start provided the necessities for superior vine growth,” the winery
explained in a note on the vintage. “July and August were very sunny and hot,
leading to good sugar development within the grapes and much earlier ripening
than normal. A harvest for the record books was finished at our earliest date
ever, October 8.”
assessment is backed up by three 2015 white wines just released by the winery.
In the past
several years, the winery has undergone a number of key changes. These included
a change of ownership. The new owners, in the usual style of Chinese owners,
have maintained an extremely low profile.
It is clear,
however, that they are committed to ensuring the winery makes quality wines and
continues to provide good hospitality experiences for wine tourists.
7 winery in Langley – the original of its two properties – was renovated last
year with upgrades to the grounds and with the addition of a VIP tasting room
serving, among others, members of the winery’s wine club.
winery’s Naramata Bench winery, winemaker Mary McDermott has presided over the
cellar since 2014. Last fall, the owners put up the money to install a new
crusher destemmer and several 5,000-litre French oak tanks.
This year, the
entire cellar will be nearly doubled in size. “This provides our winemaker and
her team the necessary space for the additional small lot wines that we have
planned,” the winery says in a note accompanying the three spring releases.
Here are my
notes on the wines.
Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($17.97 for 898 cases). This zesty
wine begins with aromas of herbs and lime, leading to flavours of lime and
lemon. There is good weight on the palate and the wine has a crisp, clean
Township 7 7 Blanc 2015 ($17.97 for 498 cases). 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. The winery calls this an ice
cream sundae but I think you will enjoy this even if you don’t have a sweet
Township 7 Muscat 2015 ($17.97 for 88 cases … only for the
wine club). This wine begins with an appealing floral and spicy aroma, leading
to flavours of herbs and a hint of ginger. The palate is light and the finish
is dry. This is a delicate wine to be enjoyed just for the purity of its fruit
flavours and aromas. 91.