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DISTINCTION COLLECTION

Our Distinction Collection offers enthusiasts handcrafted, experimental wines that fine-tune combinations of varieties, clones, rootstocks and winemaking techniques. Like the pattern of a quail’s egg of which no two are alike, each batch of wine is unique and bottled in small lots. 

More new Distinction Collection wines arriving Summer 2024.

2023 CLONE 49 RIESLING

Floral & Balanced

Our Clone 49 Riesling is rooted in the emerging South Kelowna microclimate. This cool, quartz-laced vineyard site is home to ancient alluvial melt, sandy loam and a gentle western aspect that delivers high-quality fruit, vintage after vintage. 

The 2023 release of this coveted Riesling reveals a beautiful bouquet of Granny Smith apple that unfolds perfectly onto the palate. This vintage embodies a multi-nuanced core with enough balance and depth to impress any connoisseur. Pairs perfectly on a summer patio with friends and family. 

2023 ORCHARD BLOCK GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Electric & Vibrant

Electricity is the hallmark of this vintage. Our Orchard Block Gewürztraminer showcases grapes from our 1989 vineyard planting, originally home to our family’s peach and cherry orchards.

In this release, a parcel of fruit from nearby Mannhardt vineyard adds additional layers of nuanced complexity and vibrant acidity. Explosive aromatics of lychee carry effortlessly onto the palate. The vibrant nature of this wine guarantees an outstanding finish and a promise of another pour.

2023 THREE WOLVES PINOT GRIS

Wine Club Exclusive

Three Wolves Vineyard is situated at the base of Mount Boucherie with eastern exposure, just around the corner from our estate. After several hours of morning sunshine, the mountain casts a shadow over the vines during the warmest parts of the day, extending the ripening process while preserving aromatic freshness. 

This vintage was whole-cluster pressed and aged in a combination of neutral barrels and stainless steel, giving the wine beautiful structure and charm. Lifted aromas of Redhaven Okanagan peaches flow wonderfully through the palate. The mouthfeel is round and rich with a refreshing acidity and a crisp, enjoyable finish. The perfect match for a fresh summer salad alfresco.

In the Cellar

An interview with Winemaker, Kailee Frasch

The Distinction Collection answers the latest challenges that we have embarked upon – dealing with climate change, pushing stylistic boundaries and finding micro-climates that didn’t exist in our grandfather’s time.

We recently caught up with Winemaker, Kailee Frasch to learn more about the 2023 Distinction Collection and what makes it so special.

What is it that makes the Distinction Collection so unique from year to year?

“Our Distinction Collection is probably one of my favourite tiers. This collection was built on a philosophy that really allows our team to experiment with different varieties, clones, rootstocks and winemaking techniques. We set out on a mission to elevate our wines and make them distinctive, which has allowed our team to be tirelessly engaged in trials at every stage of production.” 

Can you tell us a little bit about the 2023 vintage?

We planted our first vines in 1961, but our love affair with the soil goes back to 1908. Our longstanding relationship with the land has allowed us to deliver exceptional fruit, resulting in wines of unique character and distinction. The 2023 vintage was brimming with both challenge and reward; we faced unseasonably cold winter conditions followed by record levels of Okanagan sunshine, resulting in a small but quality crop and the earliest harvest in Quails’ Gate history.”