Wild Goose has long been one of our favourite BC wineries and has for years produced some of the most consistently stunning Alsatian style whites being made in the Okanagan. Autumn Gold was the wine that introduced us to Wild Goose years ago – long before we fell in love with their epicly delicious Rieslings. A blend of Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Blanc, Autumn Gold puts a BC spin on a classic Alsatian blend.
On the nose you get the big aromatic notes you expect from a good Alsatian blend: honeysuckle, orange blossom, tropical fruit and lime. On the palate, flavours of pear, spiced apple, pineapple and lime zest predominate with a nice mineral note that lingers on the finish. Fresh acidity and a touch of sweetness that also carries through the long finish on this wine.
We had this with sushi, but it would pair well with almost any seafood dishes and spicy asian fare. Of course, this would also be excellent with a nice Alsatian onion tart or a cheese fondue – which is to say, it is a very versatile and food friendly white.
While Chardonnary, Pinot Gris and Riesling often grab the most attention in discussions of BC’s white grapes, we have often thought that Pinot Blanc is really the most succesful white grape in the Okanagan / Similkameen climates. This wine goes a long way to support that theory. The grower’s series is a single vineyard series intended to highlight some of the select parcels of land from which Clos du Soleil Winery sources their grapes and this wine pays beautiful tribute to Baessler family.
On the nose, notes of pear, almond, honey and lime are crisp, sweet and enticing. On the palate you are immediately struck by the wonderful oily mouthfeel that coats the palate and helps the refreshing citrus finish linger. Flavours of canned pears, sweet lime and apple dominate, with hints of mandarin and honey. Great balance. We had this with Israeli couscus, fire roasted vegetables and homemade preserved lemons – an excellent pairing, but we’re thinking there are a lot of things that would pair well with this. This wine is soulful, yet fresh and lively – pair it with We’re New Here Jamie XX’s reinterpretation of Gil Scott-Heron’s equally great I’m New Here. You won’t be disappointed in either.