Canada makes some great wines these days. We have the major regions: Niagara and Prince Edward County in Ontario; Nova Scotia; and the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys in BC. But there are also some smaller regions, including Vancouver Island. This is a really smart wine from the island, which has a very cool climate. It’s a new one for me. Thanks to Treve Ring for the taste.
Rathjen Cellars Wine Bunker Red 2016 Vancouver Island, Canada
13.3% alcohol. From Mike Rathjen, this is a blend of Gamay, Pinot Noir, Regent and Foch grapes, grown in the Cowichan Valley and the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Deep in colour, this is vivid and fruit-driven with sweet cherries, plums and blackberries. It’s compact, with good acidity and some tannic structure. It finishes fresh, crunchy and vital. Reasonably full bodied and dense with lots of flavour. We gave this a silver medal at the National Wine Awards of Canada in 2018, and I think we got this right. Encouraging to see wines like this coming from the island. 90/100