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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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
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
52% Syrah, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon
Intense and intriguing aromas on the nose with pastry crust, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, dried thyme and sage, ripe Italian plum and with some complex paprika, cinnamon and black pepper spice. The palate is ripe and rich in black fruits, black plum, cassis and black cherry with some espresso and oak and given a nice savory side with dried sage, licorice, a hint of black olive and leather. The tannins are firm but ripe. It is full bodied and has all the elements to age for a long and graceful life in the bottle. Try pairing with venison with a rich berry infused demi-glace.
Burrowing Owl’s flagship blend opens on aromas of cassis, red currant, burlap, roasted red pepper, chocolate, paprika and some pretty violet floral notes in the background along with a hint of toasty oak. The palate is firmly structured with a full body and genuine intensity. There is toast, creamy oak, a mixture of red and black cherry, blueberry, black plum and some complexity added with baking spice and a little marzipan. It has the structure and flavours to age well, but you can also enjoy now paired with slow roasted lamb shoulder or beef Wellington. Rhys Pender, Master of Wine.