After 20 years of making wine at Lake Breeze, the owners are taking a step in a slightly different direction. Over the years the winery has been very successful with its patio restaurant and its broad selection of wines. They have come to be known for consistent quality, and making wine that is both excellent and approachable — a regular heavy hitter at wine awards, but with a modest price point.
On the back of that success and experience, the owners along with veteran winemaker Garron Elmes have launched the MacIntyre Heritage Reserve. This is their "pull out all the stops" wine where no expense has been spared from vineyard to bottle, and it shows.
The Ardua is predominantly Merlot with a hint of Cab Franc done in a style reminiscent of the wines from Pomerol. The Astra is a magnificent Chardonnay perfectly suited to the Naramata Bench climate. Both wines show extremely well right out of the gate with the Ardua being the potential wine cellar star here.
The price point for these wines is not for the light of wallet, but for the true aficionado, MacIntyre is sure to be desired.
Tastings in the MacIntrye room at Lake Breeze are by appointment only. The wine itself can be purchased on site, at fine restaurants, or by mailing list.
There are few wines made in Canada like this. If you have the opportunity to taste either of them, it will be well worth it.
Chris Stenberg is a photographer, filmmaker, occasional wordsmith, and traveller. In his spare time you can find him hanging out with his family and/or biking and boarding in the mountains of British Columbia.