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iNwine Wednesday: Wild Island Pinot Auxerrois

Wild Island Pinot Auxerrois was originally created for OLO Restaurant in Victoria.
Wild Island Pinot Auxerrois was originally created for OLO Restaurant in Victoria.

Feel like taking a walk on the wild side of wine and trying something new?

I have just the thing from Unsworth Vineyards on Vancouver Island. What started as a collaboration with a local restaurant, winemaker Dan Wright created this small lot of Pinot Auxerrois under his Wild Island label.

A relatively unfamiliar grape variety in our wine world but famous in Alsace and Germany, Wright crafted this unique wine in a very natural style using 27-year-old vines from the neighbouring island winery of Zanatta, which is actually the very first vineyard ever planted on Vancouver Island. Floral and dry, this is a lovely wine to enjoy with seafood or goat cheese. Excellent choice to enjoy with wine geek friends over a Zoom date.

2018 Wild Island Pinot Auxerrois -$23.39
Order online: https://www.unsworthvineyards.com/product/2018-Wild-Island-Auxerrois

Tasting Notes:
Ripe melon and windfall yellow apples fill the bouquet on the nose. On the palate this wine is dry with medium body supported by soft acidity and notes of cantaloupe, lilies and yellow apple.

Vineyard Notes:
The soils of Zanatta are a free draining sorted glacial till, meaning they don't hold water, so the roots go deep, combine this with a terrific South facing gentle slope and it makes for very interesting wine.


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