It was a very warm fallafternoon when Barbara and I drove through the countryside to visit Langley's Township 7. The trees were displaying their red and golden` yellow leafs as we enjoyed the twenty minute drive from our home to the winery
Township7 has two locations, the original here in the Fraser Valley, and production facilities in the Naramata Bench. The renovated in 2017 and once again in 2018 as the Langley location is already a bit too small for it's ever increasing popularity.
Just look through the glass at the cases of wine piled towards the ceiling waiting for delivery to their wine club members and local restaurants. Greater Vancouver obviously loves Township 7 wines! But no worries, the main tasting room has plenty of wine and staff providing excellent hospitality under the guidance of winery Manager Jason Ocenas.
A hometown boy, Jason began working in the hospitality industry at the young age of 15 while attending Langley Secondary. After a couple of adventurous stints owning coffee shops in Vancouver and Whistler, Jason returned to the restaurant business as Manager of Macaroni Grill and then General Manager at the Boathouse Restaurant. Barbara and I always look forward to the warm welcome we receive, this visit was to taste the new 2016 releases; we were not disappointed! Apologies for Barbara's water bottle hogging the photo but Jason's natural exuberance is not to be missed.
We were guided through the tasting experience by Barb a long time employeee of the winery. She knows her wines! Thank you Barb a most enjoyable visit. We enjoyed the Seven Stars Sparkling wine. The Riesling from Fool's Gold Vineyard had those wonderful apple favours. The 2017 Sauvignon Black was the best a very nice aroma , smooth fruit forward wine.
Barbara's favourie white was the 2016 7 Blanc a unique blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Riesling and Muscat.
Now it was time for bringing out the Reds, my wife's preference. Once again, Winemaker Mary McDermott's talent was displayed with her very impressive wines. The 2016 Merlot caught Barbara's attention, she is the Merlot expert in our house. Great aromas with a lingering after flavour.
This summer, Township 7 Vineyards bought the 12-acre Blue Terrace Vineyard near Oliver.
The 2016 Merlot, fron Blue Terrace vineyard,once again proves Township knows how to produce an outstanding product, rich with black cherry and ripe plum
Township 7 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Blue Terrace Vineyard 2017 ($26.97 for 348 cases). Fermented and aged seven months in barrel, this wine announces itself dramatically with aromas of lime, gooseberry and grapefruit with herbal notes. Those lead to intense flavours of tropical fruit, with a refreshing, tangy finish. 92. (reviewd by John Schriener)
Fraser Valley Wineries