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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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
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
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.
Delicate and elegant, the 2013 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Syrah opens on a deep and harmonious nose of violet, warm and treacly black fruits meshed together with tobacco, cocoa, wood spice and black pepper. On the palate the wine progresses smoothly with flavours of damson plum, blackberry, baked strawberry followed by tobacco, clove, vanilla, licorice and leathery undertones. The mid-palate is fleshy and flavourful, with ripe, velvety tannins. It is balanced by a juicy acidity and ends in a long fruity, smoky and spicy 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!
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.
From the warm 2014 vintage comes this lush fruited and complex Merlot. The nose shows damson plum, violets, black cherry, vanilla, Christmas cake and complex baking spices. The palate is soft, rich, ripe and round with intense dark chocolate dipped liqueur cherries, black plums, blueberry, a full body, smooth tannins and liquorice, dried sage and spice notes on the long finish. Pair this with rich braised short ribs or lamb shoulder slowly roasted with rosemary. – Rhys Pender, Master of Wine
A complex pretty and fruit driven nose with violet and potpourri alongside damson plum, blueberry, black cherry and some complex pastry crust and tobacco notes. The palate is silky textured, medium-bodied with ripe medium tannins, lots of ripe blue and black fruits with some dried sage and graphite minerality on the long, elegant finish. Try with lightly smoked, seared duck breast or braised lamb shanks with star anise. – Rhys Pender, Master of Wine
Some parts of the USA can be very hot during the summer - and they seem to be getting HOTTER. A good idea to protect your fragile shipment is to add an ice pack to keep your wine cooler.
We insert the ice pack into your styrofoam shipping carton to add 48 hours of cooling. Although air shipping is the best solution, if the journey to your home from the East Coast is not too long, an ice pack can help.