These are the wines currently available on Vancouver Island from Arrowleaf Winery:
2011 Pinot Gris
The grapes for this wine are grown at Suncrest Vineyard in Okanagan Centre and Wendell Orchards in Carr’s Landing. Both locations are situated on westerly slopes near the deepest part of Lake Okanagan. The lake moderates the often extreme temperatures experienced in the Okanagan. Pinot Gris is well suited to this area, producing grapes with subtle flavours and retaining plenty of natural acidity. We age the wine in stainless steel, producing a fruit-forward Pinot Gris with crisp acidity.
Bacchus is a Riesling x Sylvaner x Mueller-Thurgau cross that produces lively, aromatic wines that are naturally low in alcohol. Fresh, floral, lively citrus and peach aromas. Crisp, off-dry and very flavourful on the palate
Gewürztraminer has always been one of our specialties. This grape is ideally suited to our climate and soils here in Okanagan Centre and we believe the long, mild growing season brings out the best in this complex varietal. This wine is richly aromatic and full-bodied with spicy, mineral, floral and green apple aromas. Crafted in a crisp, off-dry style, it can be paired with food or enjoyed on its own
2010 First Crush White
The 2010 First Crush White is a blend of Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Bacchus and Gewürztraminer. Very aromatic bouquet featuring citrus fruit, apple, pear, and ginger. On the palate it shows a crisp, clean acidity balanced with a touch of residual sugar to accentuate the fruit flavours.
2011 First Crush Rose- SOLD OUT
The 2011 First Crush Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. To create our rosé we use the saignée method, which means we drain lightly extracted juice from freshly crushed red grapes. The pink juice undergoes a cool, temperature controlled fermentation to preserve its fruit flavour and aroma. This wine is all about strawberry, cherry and tropical fruit aromas. It finishes off dry with well-balanced fruit and acidity
2009 First Crush Red
A blend of 66% Pinot Noir with 30% Merlot and 4% Zweigelt added for structure and color. Cherry, plum and raspberry aromas with vanilla and lightly spicy undertones. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate with sweet fruit flavours lingering on the finish.
2010 Pinot Noir
The 2010 Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in Lake Country and West Kelowna. This vintage was characterized by a cooler growing season which had us harvesting the grapes in late October. The resulting wine is a classic style of Pinot Noir with plenty of red berry fruit aroma.
Pronounced ‘ts-vi-gelt’ this 1922 Blaufränkisch X St. Laurent crossing was pioneered by Dr. Zweigelt of Austria. This is a darkly colored wine with cherry, raspberry and spicy aromas. The taste is medium to full-bodied with rich fruit and vanilla oak flavours lingering on the finish.
Made exclusively with grapes from our vineyard in Okanagan Centre. The vines are planted on very coarse, rocky, gravelly soil that would be unsuitable for most agricultural crops but is ideal for premium grapes. One year in American oak has developed rich, toasty, cedar notes over dried fruit, raspberry and blackcurrant aromas. Mellow yet complex, this wine can be enjoyed now or benefit from careful cellaring.
2010 SS LH Vidal
Vidal is a winter-hardy French hybrid that is particularly popular in Canada and the north-eastern United States. The variety ripens late and has very thick skins that are able to withstand the unfavourable winter weather. We generally harvest a portion of the grapes in December and leave the rest to harvest when the temperature drops low enough to make icewine. We then blend the two portions and aim for an average sugar content of about 32 brix.
Intense apricot, quince, tropical fruit, caramel and honey flavors. This is a dense and sweet late harvest wine with lively acidity.