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Blue Grouse Pinot Noir Vancouver Island 2006

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Winery owners Hans Kiltz and his son, Richard, a German-trained winemaker, celebrate their unique terroir on the winery website by saying the vines, which are neither irrigated nor fertilized, need “just a drop of passion, a splash of dedication and hard work, and a pinch of passion.” This gentle south-facing slope was planted originally by the late John Harper, a legend for developing several trial vineyards on coastal British Columbia.The Kiltz family bought the property about 1988. A German veterinarian with a long career in the tropics, the elder Kitz came to British Columbia to work in fish farming just when that business slumped. So he turned to wine growing, opening Blue Grouse in 1993. He is among the small band of Vancouver Island vintners who produce estate-grown wines only.Kiltz largely replanted the vineyard, which had been a hodge podge of trial plantings. Pinot Noir, at close to four acres, is one of the major varieties grown here. The production is a very disciplined yield of one and a half to two tons an acre. The result is a dark ruby wine with considerable charm. It has aromas and flavours of spice, cherries and strawberries and it has the classic velvet texture that makes Pinot Noir so appealing. The finish is fruity and dry. 86 points.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Blue Grouse is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery established as one of the founding Estates wineries of Vancouver Island. Originally from Germany, the Kiltz family has lived all around the globe. They moved to the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island in 1989 where they established their beautiful home and surrounding vineyards. What initially started as a hobby, later turned into ... Read more
Blue Grouse is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery established as one of the founding Estates wineries of Vancouver Island. Originally from Germany, the Kiltz family has lived all around the globe. They moved to the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island in 1989 where they established their beautiful home and surrounding vineyards. What initially started as a hobby, later turned into a full-scale pioneering business. Since 1993, their elegant wood-paneled wine shop and tasting room has been welcoming visitors to taste and purchase the wines that Hans and Evangeline Kiltz have been growing and producing on their land. Read less

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Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

Winery owners Hans Kiltz and his son, Richard, a German-trained winemaker, celebrate their unique terroir on the winery website by saying the vines, which are neither irrigated nor fertilized, need “just a drop of passion, a splash of dedication and hard work, and a pinch of passion.” This gentle south-facing slope was planted originally by the late John Harper, a legend for developing several trial vineyards on coastal British Columbia.The Kiltz family bought the property about 1988. A German veterinarian with a long career in the tropics, the elder Kitz came to British Columbia to work in fish farming just when that business slumped. So he turned to wine growing, opening Blue Grouse in 1993. He is among the small band of Vancouver Island vintners who produce estate-grown wines only.Kiltz largely replanted the vineyard, which had been a hodge podge of trial plantings. Pinot Noir, at close to four acres, is one of the major varieties grown here. The production is a very disciplined yield of one and a half to two tons an acre. The result is a dark ruby wine with considerable charm. It has aromas and flavours of spice, cherries and strawberries and it has the classic velvet texture that makes Pinot Noir so appealing. The finish is fruity and dry. 86 points.




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