Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way of life at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Founder Jim Wyse is committed to balance, well beyond that of the fine, world-class wines being produced. A kind of Hippocratic oath (“to do no harm”) underlies the creative viticultural and enological practices at Burrowing Owl.
The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada’s most unique ecosystems known as the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. It is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada.
In 1993 Jim Wyse began to replant the vineyards which had been carefully selected for their ability to produce world class, premium quality grapes. In 1998, the winemaking facility was built combining state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions. A
gravity-flow system handles ripe grapes delicately, preserving their rich fruit character. Extensive underground cellaring capacity ensures that long term barrel aging is never limited by space. In 2006, the site was enhanced with a beautiful fine-dining Restaurant and luxurious Guest House in 2008.
You can find Burrowing Owl wines at many fine restaurants and wine shops and of course, at the winery itself. And when you visit, be sure to bring your binoculars.
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery defines where Old World meets New. Using cutting edge technology, and a purist winemaking philosophy steeped in tradition, their aim is to create the finest wines their carefully managed vineyards can produce. They have a commitment to quality wines.
• 100% Estate grown grapes
• 100% of the grapes are picked and sorted by hand
• 100% BC VQA Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley
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This lightly oaked aromatic varietal, made in the Bordeaux style, offers scents of lemon rind, passion-fruit, guava, and gooseberry mingled with some vanilla toastiness on the nose from barrel ageing. Medium bodied and balanced with a zesty mouthwatering acidity makes for a rich yet fresh style. There is a creamy texture on the palate from its ageing on lees that is nicely interwoven with concentrated flavours of melon, guava, passion-fruit and grapefruit pith with seductive vanilla smoke nuances lingering on the finish.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
The 2014 Chardonnay shows the ripe fruitiness of the 2014 vintage with winemaking restraint. It has ripe peach, nectarine and tropical pineapple and papaya notes on the nose with some well integrated subtle toasty oak and fresh mandarin and lemon citrus notes to add complexity. The palate is full-bodied and rich textured but with crisp balancing acidity. Lemon, lime, peach, toasted nut, pineapple, caramel, vanilla, mango and green melon make for a complex palate, heightened with well integrated oak. The finish is crisp and refreshing. Try pairing this with Dungeness crab or scallops sautéed in brown butter.
94 points Wine Enthusiast!
A mix of brambly red berry fruit on the nose with paprika, roasted red pepper, stewed plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and violet along with some sweet vanillin pastry crust. The palate is dry, full bodied and has nice vibrant mixed red and black brambly berry fruit, crisp acidity, the punch of blackberry, juiciness of plum, blueberry, smooth tannins and dark chocolate, dried thyme and some dusty earth. Try with venison sausages with a sweet cassis sauce.
90 pts - Wine Spectator
The 2012 Merlot displays captivating notes of blackberry, damson plum, dried orange peel, vanilla and cocoa mingled with sweet Christmas spices. It is a full bodied red that offers a plush mouthfeel loaded with concentrated flavours of stewed plum, blackberry, mocha and toast with some cedar spices on the long complex finish. The tannins are well integrated and supple with a hint of grip that provides structure for the lush and opulent fruit.
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
"Concentrated and intense from the ripe 2014 vintage this is packed with ripe blackberry, blueberry and baked wild berry fruit with complex notes of charred meat, black pepper, bacon and liquorice. The palate is full bodied and rich with more dark berry flavours, dark chocolate and ripe, firm tannins that should allow ageing for a decade. There is some pepper and paprika on the long finish along with a hint of the dried wild sage typical of the region. Pair this with grilled flank steak with a peppercorn sauce or spit roasted leg of lamb. " Rhys Pender, Master of Wine
A ripe yet elegant nose showing a complex range of floral violet notes, five spice, sage, plum, black cherry and liquorice with a subtle hint of dark chocolate infused with orange zest. The palate is medium in body, elegant and refreshing with crisp acidity, soft round tannins and intense raspberry, plum, blackberry and spice on a long finish that shows some complex graphite minerality. Try with seared duck breast or chicken thighs grilled over charcoal.
A complex, fresh red blend showing aromas ranging the broad spectrum from cassis, vanilla, blackberry and black plum through roasted nut, smoke, black olive, chocolate ice-cream, burlap, dried sage, cocoa and some sweet blue floral notes. The palate is youthful and structured with plenty of acidity and tannin for long ageing and lots of cassis, blueberry, plum, raspberry, cedar, cigar box, paprika and a subtle saffron note that should mature and evolve for at least 10 years.
Gold Medal at San Fransisco International Wine Competition
The Wyse Family – founders of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery– is proud to introduce Calliope Wines. Pronounced ka-LIE-oh-pee, this name pays homage to British Columbia tiniest hummingbird. VQA British Colombia certified wines, made of grapes carefully sourced from local vineyards. Winemakers are granted the freedom to utilize their creative talents to create delightful and fresh characteristics in each varietal or blend. Intensely perfumed, this 2014 Gewürztraminer has classic rose petal and lychee notes and some pretty floral jasmine notes. The wine is dry and crisp. Nectarine, rose petal and golden plum finish with some baking spice notes, clove and a hint of ginger.
Burrowing Owl’s Meritage blend is our flagship wine. Our Meritage is truly “our best of the best” - percentages of the components in the blend vary from vintage to vintage but are always selected from what are deemed to be the best combination for the vintage and the finest expression of our terroir. The 2012 Meritage features Cabernet Franc as the leading grape with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot providing mouth feel, extra length and complexity. The varieties were vinified and barrel aged separately for 18 months.
93 points - Wine Enthusiast