Sea Star, wines from the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada

You probably haven’t run into all that many wines from British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. Here’s a producer to look out for, though: Sea Star. They are located on Pender Island, which is in between Vancouver and Victoria at the foot of Vancouver Island, and make wines from grapes grown here and also on neighbouring Saturna Island. Not surprisingly, given their location, these are brisk, maritime wines with fresh acidity, and they are really nice.

Sea Star Stella Maris 2018 Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
A blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Schoenberger and Ortega, organically farmed. Very aromatic and delicate with pure, fine citrus, table grape and pear fruit. Shows zippy acidity and lovely brightness, with just a hint of sweetness. Fresh, highly drinkable and nicely pure. 89/100

Sea Star Salish Sea 2018 Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Ortega and Siegerrebe. This is crisp and bright, with lovely linear, approachable, delicate grape and jelly notes with a touch of mandarin. Such purity and fruit intensity. Has a hint of sweetness on the finish. 90/100

Sea Star Siegerrebe 2017 Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Fruity and expressive with bright citrus and pear notes, as well as some lychee, tangerine and table grape. Has a bit of sweetness as well as bright acidity. Very pretty. 90/100

Sea Star Ortega 2018 Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
11.9% alcohol. Fresh, pure and with nice precision and complexity. Shows mandarin and apricot notes, with a bit of melon, too. Has an intriguing texture and a long, spicy finish. Ripe and appealing with an expanding finish. It’d dry but the fruit profile is quite sweet. 91/100

Sea Star Vineyards Blanc de Noir Rosé 2018 Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Juicy and bright with redcurrants and cherries and a lovely citrus core. Very crisp and lively. 89/100

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