Best known for its Icewine, Canada is steadily gaining recognition for its dry wines too. Track down some of these Canadian wine recommendations, recently tasted by Decanter's tasting team.

Stockists are listed for North America and UK, where available

Those in-the-know will not have been surprised to see Canada performing so well at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, spearheaded by a coveted Platinum Best in Show prize for Adamo Riesling 2016.

It was with this in mind that Decanter’s tasting team headed down to a wine showcase at the Canadian embassy in London. You can find our favourites below.

Finding some of the wines below may prove tricky to find if you live outside of Canada, but stockists in North America and UK have been included where possible.

This difficulty is partly down to the low production levels, but mostly because of the strict laws regulating Canadian wine sales which make it far more profitable for wineries to sell their wares at the cellar door – but this makes finding one of the gems below all the more rewarding.


Ten Canadian Wine recommendations:

Checkmate, Okanagan Valley, Attack Chardonnay, 2014

Checkmate, Okanagan Valley, Attack Chardonnay, 2014

Describing itself as making 'New World Chardonnay and Merlot with Old World elegance', this winery is part of Anthony von Mandl's group of Okanagan estates which includes Mission Hill and Cedar Creek. All the wines have a chess link, and the Chardonnays at this stage are putting the Merlots in…

Points 92
Foxtrot, Okanagan Valley, The Waltz Pinot Noir, 2014

Foxtrot, Okanagan Valley, The Waltz Pinot Noir, 2014

This is the little brother to the Estate Pinot Noir, with fruit sourced from three vineyards (the waltz is a dance done in triple time, linking nicely to the three vineyards and the Foxtrot name). A third of the fruit is whole-cluster fermented and then spends 20 months in oak…

Points 91
Seven Stones, Similkameen Valley, Meritage, 2011

Seven Stones, Similkameen Valley, Meritage, 2011

George Hanson farms 8 hectares of vines in the beautiful Similkameen Valley, often overshadowed by neighbouring Okanagan. This is a blend of the two Cabernets and Merlot, planted in 2000, plus some Petit Verdot and Malbec planted in 2005. It's autumnal and savoury, with notes of cigar box, cedar and…

Points 91
Okanagan Crush Pad, Okanagan Valley, Narrative Ancient

Okanagan Crush Pad, Okanagan Valley, Narrative Ancient

This sparkling wine is made in the méthode ancestral / pétillant naturel style, bottled during fermentation so that the carbon-dioxide produced can form the fine bubbles in the wine. It's made from 100% Pinot Noir grown on the highest altitude vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley, and fermented with wild…

Points 90
Sperling Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, Brut Reserve Nature,

Sperling Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, Brut Reserve Nature,

This is the winery where Ann Sperling (of Southbrook Vineyards in Ontario) grew up. It was first planted to table grapes in the 1930s, and is best known for its outstanding 1978-planted Riesling. But this traditional method sparkling, from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, is one to seek out:…

Points 90
Okanagan Crush Pad, Okanagan Valley, Haywire Secrest

Okanagan Crush Pad, Okanagan Valley, Haywire Secrest

From a 15ha vineyard at 487m altitude on alluvial soils, this Gamay sees 12 hours of skin contact before being pressed directly into concrete tanks for wild yeast fermentation and six months' maturation. Ripe, bright strawberry and orange fruits plus lifted herbal notes shine through on the gently grippy palate.…

Points 90

 

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