Okanagan (2) Time Winery

Time is an urban winery located in downtown Penticton, and it opened its doors in summer 2018. Previously, was located in Oliver in the south of the Okanagan, where it had 60 acres of vines in a beautiful setting. This setting appealed to the well-heeled Richter Bai when he was deciding where to put his new high-end winery Phantom Creek, so he purchased the vineyard from owner Harry McWatters. 

McWatters, who has been working for more than 50 years in the Okanagan, has legendary status here. Selling to Phantom Creek left him (I’m guessing) with a full wallet but no home, and it’s great that Time has relocated to downtown Picton, in an old theatre. It’s a beautiful, large space that accommodates both a fully functioning winery and also a tasting room/restaurant.

We walked in on a Saturday morning after wandering around the farmers’ market, and were surprised to find McWatters himself putting out the opening sign. We tasted through the wines and then had a light lunch: the food here is really good, and it’s a great addition to Penticton’s food scene. These are my brief phone notes on the wines.

Time Winery White Meritage 2018
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liver and Osoyoos. Focused with nice pear and citrus fruit. Good balance. 89/100

Time Winery Viognier 2017
Really typical with nice weight and balance to the apricot and pear fruit. Nice balance. 90/100

McWatters Signature Chardonnay 2017
Mealy, spicy and nutty with nice peachy fruit. Strong barrel imprint. 90/100

Time Winery Riesling 2018
Lovely weight here. Lime green apple with a touch of sweetness. Stylish. 89/100

Time Winery Rosé 2018
Syrah. Deep colour. Lovely sweet aromatics. Touch of sweetness to the fresh strawberry and plum fruit. Pretty. 87/100

Time Winery Syrah 2014
Spice, mint, sweet berry fruits, hint of pepper and tar, some evolution. 87/100

Time Winery Meritage 2016
Lush, sweet and textured with nice bold black fruits. Smooth with fine grained tannins. 91/100

McWatters Collection Meritage 2016
Lovely gravelly nose – textured blackberry and black currant fruit with a lush mid palate. Lovely depth. 92/100

Time Winery Chronos 2013
Seven variety blend. Gravelly, ripe, smooth and polished with richness and smoothness. Mellow and refined in a ripe style. Harmonious. 92/100

Time Winery Equity 2013
Seven variety blend. Gravelly, dark and a little developed with good tannins and a bit of ashiness. Nice depth here, with some structure. 91/100

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