Part 6 of a series on the Okanagan Valley, a
remarkable wine region in British Columbia, Canada
It was one of those glorious, warm Okanagan afternoons when we
arrived at Cedar Creek for a visit and tasting. Situated facing the
lake near Kelowna, this is one of the pioneering Okanagan vineyards,
and was established by Senator Ross Fitzpatrick in the late 1980s.
Like many vineyards here, it began with hybrids, but later on
switched to vinifera varieties.
Currently it has a sizeable 103 acres of vines, 50 acres near the
winery at Kelowna (a cool site) and 53 down in Osoyoos (a much
Cedar Creek was purchased in February 2014 by Anthony von Mandl, of
Mission Hill. When I visited massive works were underway to
construct a gravity flow cellar, in time for the vintage. The idea
is that this would become largely a Pinot Noir cellar for von
Mandlís two wineries: he clearly reckons that this is a particularly
promising variety for the cooler end of the Okanagan.
Cedar Creek Riesling Platinum Block 3 2013 Okanagan, Canada
From 1991 plantings. 8.8% alcohol. Very keen and fresh with
crisp, lively lemony fruit. Keen, bright and mineral. 90/100
Cedar Creek Chardonnay 2012 Okanagan, Canada
6% Pinot Gris. Textured pear fruit with well integrated oak.
Nicely balanced showing hints of toast, spice and vanilla, with a
subtle creaminess. 89/100
Cedar Creek Rosť 2013 Okanagan, Canada
Pinot Noir. Textured with sweet cherries and strawberries, with
some creaminess and lovely weight. 88/100
Cedar Creek Platinum Block Pinot Noir Block 2 2011 Okanagan,
Fresh and vivid with nice acidity and lovely cherry fruit.
Fresh, expressive and bright with nice precision. Juicy but with
more than a bit of seriousness. 93/100
Cedar Creek Gewurztraminer 2013 Okanagan, Canada
Fresh, grapey and textured with delicate pear and lychee notes.
Pure and fresh with a hint of sweetness. 90/100
Cedar Creek Ehrenfelser 2013 Okanagan, Canada
Lively, focused and fresh, with pure, mineral lemony fruit and
subtle herbiness. Very pure and crisp; lemony and fine. 90/100
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