The Spring season of winery tours has begun. Its the best time of the year. Barbara, our friend Ken and I traveled through the back roads of Langley township into Mt Lehman area of Abbotsford to Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery. It is the newest of the three wineries in the are MT Lehman was first followed by Singletree. Both these wineries are located on Mt Lehman road. Seaside is located between the two but in block east.
The copper spired chapel is nestled in a tranquil setting in the heart of the vineyard surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated on higher land, the chapel offers inspiring views of Mt. Baker and mountains alike and is a must see part of the experience. Garden aficionados and wine lovers alike will enjoy our beautiful gardens, dazzling displays of color, meandering paths and stunning views.
As usual we were warmly greeted by Allison and Harprit as we entered the winery. After admiring the recent decor changes we settled into some very comfortable chairs around the table and began tasting their wines.
We began with a wine seldom seen in Canada, Petit Milo, grown in the valley. The winery named it Charlotte Estate Petit Milo vintage 2016. It started with a very nice aroma followed by notes of honey and pineapple. A very good wine.
"When it came time to name our line of wines, we just kept coming back to Mount Lehman’s historic charm and deep agricultural history. Our consultations with local historians and long-time residents led us towards names that are rich with the settlement stories of the pioneers and early settlers in Mount Lehman That one of the world’s most beautiful places is concentrated here seems almost unfair."
Next came their Chardonnay properly named Fraser Gold. The wine (2016) has a very nice light golden colour. It is unoaked with typical chardonnay flavours it finish strong Slightly on the sweeter side.
The third wine was the
Matsqui Prairie Gewürztraminer. A crisp wine with hints of spice and lime fruits.
Wine four was the Pinot Gris 2016 Called Sam and Isaac. Sam is my fathers name and Isaac is my uncle. In this case the name refers to Sam and Isaac Lehman the original settles of the area. The Pinot Gris makes excellent patio wine.
At this point I should mention the wine tasting included a very nice plate of crackers, cheese, strawberries and grapes. Every wine is served with a completed description of the grape and the wine. This makes for a most enjoyable and informative tasting experience.
Next we ventured upon Lovers Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. As the winery says "this wine is sure to impress your sweetheart." Barbara was indeed impressed.
The Royal Engineers Petit Verdot followed, my favourite of the reds. It was aged in the barrel for 18 month and just might improve more with age. Although it is quite desirable now with flavours of dark berries and hints of blueberry.
Just when we though the experience was complete Harprit arrived with an unlabelled bottle. It was their sparking wine, Daffodils. What a pleasant surprise. A very freshing wine. A nice blend of blend of Muscat, Viognier and Pinot Gris.
From the tasting room we made away down the lane to the Barrel Room, the wineries new event center. Most Impressive, the wood work WOW! David (owner/winemaker)was here awaiting us and anxious to have us do some barrel sampling. We tasted two amazing Cab Franc and his Syrah. Oh the future looks bright for the wines of David and Seaside Pearl Farmgate winery.
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