Sandhill Wines

This month I got a hold of some great wines from Sandhill and had an absolutely great time trying some new recipes and cooking in my kitchen to create a perfect pairing for what I knew would be a fantastic set of wines.  Howard Soon spearheads the wine-maiking team for Sandhill Winery, a beautiful British Columbian estate that is creating a wonderful single-vineyard legacy showcasing french-hybrid varietals.  Lots of wine are specially chosen and blended together in order to showcase the true sense of the varietal.  Malolactic fermentation and oak aging are rarely used during the process of making the wine, as Howard tries to showcase the real vineyard potential.  The series of wines presented by Sandhill are a Canadian showcase of varietals and the potential of British Columbia as a growing region.  Please consider giving some of these wines a try over the next little while and take the time to create a fabulous dinner for your favorite guests and share in the splendor of the single varietal potential of Canadian grapes.

Sandhill Pinot Blanc 2006 – 14.0% alc/vol [Sandhill Estate Vineyard, British Columbia]

Great looking, great smelling, great tasting!  An enjoyable nose of sweet oranges, white onions and winter mint.  The flavour also delivers with a subtle sweetness and fresh citrus – like a great summer lemonade.  91/100 (July 16, 2010)

Sandhill Gamay Noir 2008 – 13.5% alc/vol [Okanagn Valley, VQA]

A very pretty nose of strawberry jam, freshly turned earth and a bit of bright oak.  A very nice drinking style, fruit in the beginning and a tannic dry finish at the end.  There are some tangy raspberry and spice flavours.  Pairs nicely with fresh salmon.  86/100 (July 4, 2010)