SpierHead – named Best New Winery at the 2012 BC Wine Awards – continues to hand-craft its small lot wines in order to maintain the highest quality. This means that their new wine club is increasingly important to oenophiles who want to buy wines that aren’t available to the public, such as its Gold Medal winning 2010 Pinot Noir (Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards) and 2011 Pinot Noir. The club provides four shipments per year of customer-selected red and/or white wines; members receive a 10% discount on these and subsequent purchases. The club may also be releasing some library wines to members only.
Two new wines have just been released – their first Pinot Noir Rosé and a Pinot Gris. Also new are color-enhanced labels and the plan to vinify two levels of Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage. The 2012 Pinot Gris ($18.90) shows pineapple and lychee on the nose, which follows through with lovely fruit flavours and a crisp, clean finish. The 2012 Rosé ($18.90) has a lively strawberry color and aroma, cherry/raspberry flavours and is soft and dry on the palate – the favourite of one of the proprietors (and winner of a Best of Varietal Award at the Spring Wine Festival)! It will only be available at the winery.
Veteran winemaker Bill Pierson will also be releasing the 2011 Vanguard, 2011 Pursuit and 2012 Chardonnay in July. Come out to the “Fab 5’s” Flip Flop on the Hilltop on June 15 to taste their new releases and enjoy live music and appies. Mark your calendars now to ensure your chance to win one of five mixed cases of wine by getting your “Fab 5” Passport stamped October 4th to 14th at the participating wineries!
~ Allison Fader