Awards & Reviews 2017-05-02T17:53:32+00:00

AWARDS & REVIEWS

2015

2015 Gewürztraminer – Bronze medal, 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition

2015 Pinot Gris – Gold medal, 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition

2014

2014 Zweigelt – Double Gold medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards

2014 Pinot Gris – Silver medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards

2014 Gewürztraminer – Gold medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards

2013

2013 Pinot Noir Plus – “Best in Category”, Vancouver International Wine Awards

2013 Pinot Gris — Silver medal, 2014 Great Northwest Wine Awards

2013 Blanc de Noir — Bronze medal, 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada

2012 Pinot Noir — Silver medal, 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada

2012 Zweigelt — Silver medal, 2014 Great Northwest Wine Awards

2010 Pinot Gris — Silver medal, 2011 Northwest Wine Summit

2010 Zeta — Silver medal, 2013 Northwest Wine Summit

2012 Prism -Bronze medal, 2013 Northwest Wine Summit

2009 Pinot Gris — Gold medal, 2013 Northwest Wine Summit

2009 Blanc de Noir — Silver medal, 2010 Northwest Wine Summit

2008 Pinot Noir — Silver medal, 2010 Northwest Wine Summit

2009

2008 Pinot Gris — Silver medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

2008 Prism — Silver medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Zeta — Silver medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, 2009 Canadian Wine Awards

2007 Zeta — Bronze medal, 2009 Canadian Wine Award

2006 Fetish — Silver medal, 2009 Northwest Wine Summit

2007 Pinot Gris — Silver medal, Taste BC 2009

2006 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, Taste BC 2009

2008

2006 Zeta — Double Gold, Wine Press Northwest “by invitation only” 2008 Platinum Judging, U.S.A.

2006 Zeta — Gold medal, 2008 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A.

2007

2006 Pinot Gris — Gold medal, 2007 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A

2004 Fetish — Silver medal, 2007 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A

2005 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, 2007 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A.

2005 Zeta — Bronze medal, 2007 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A.

2005 Zeta — Bronze medal, 2007 Canadian Wine Awards

2006

2004 Pinot Noir — Silver medal, 2006 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A.

2004 Zeta — Silver medal, 2006 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A.

2004 Labyrinth — Silver medal, 2006 Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon, U.S.A.

2004 Labyrinth — Bronze medal, 12th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival

2005

2004 Pinot Gris — Silver medal, 2005 Northwest Wine Summit

2004 Blanc de Noir — Selected as “One of BC’s Best 25 Wines”, Vancouver Magazine 2005 Eating and Drinking Guide

2003 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, 2005 Northwest Wine Summit

2003 Fetish — Silver medal, 2005 Northwest Wine Summit

2003 Fetish — Best Buy, “Big Reds”, 2005 Vancouver International Wine Competition

2004

2003 Pinot Gris — Gold medal, 2004 Northwest Wine Summit

2002 Fetish — Silver medal, 2004 Northwest Wine Summit

2002 Labyrinth — Bronze medal, 2004 Northwest Wine Summit

2002 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, 2004 Northwest Wine Summit

2003

2002 Pinot Gris — Silver medal, 2003 Northwest Wine Summit

2001 Pinot Noir — Bronze medal, 2003 Northwest Wine Summit

2002 Labyrinth — Bronze medal, 2003 Canadian Wine Awards

DJ KEARNEY, VANCOUVER MAGAZINE WINE AWARDS, DECEMBER 2016

“Wine from the fringe has never been hipper, and this frisky, gutsy wine defines marginal. From a century farm overlooking the (ironic but fitting) Burgoyne Valley on Mt. Maxwell, the vines were planted 15 years ago on slopes so steep that some are terraced. Pinot noir and zweigelt sizzle in this edgy, juicy, peppery, red-berried wine.”

JOHN SCHREINER’S, B.C. COASTAL WINE TOUR GUIDE 2011

“This winery owns one of the best sites for growing grapes on the coast and has one of the best teams in the wine industry. Marcel is a natural in the vineyard. Elaine turns his well grown grapes into clean and complex wines.”

CHRISTINA BURRIDGE, VANCOUVER MAGAZINE, SUMMER 2007

“There are now 30 licensed wineries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Many make wines that are curiousities at best, downright undrinkable at worst. Garry Oaks makes some of the best. In just seven years, Mercier and Kozak have achieved their original goal: making “‘really, really good wine'”. Check out the whole story at www.vanmag.com/foodanddrink/07jul/Drink.shtml.

EAT MAGAZINE September/October 2011

2009 Garry Oaks ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir, Gulf Islands VQA, BC

“Another great surprise from beautiful B.C. Displays the more delicate style of Pinot with cranberry and cherry flavours. Delicate yet firm tannins and acidity make it a great partner with trout or poached salmon.”

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST – WINTER 2010

Garry Oaks Winery 2007 Estate Pinot Noir

“Excellent. Elaine Kozak makes the wine. Marcel Mercier grows the grapes. It’s difficult to tell who has the more demanding job at this winery in the middle of the Strait of Georgia, but they continue to succeed. The nose is akin to fruit punch with cherries, blueberries, leather and cedar. It’s exceptionally bright on the palate with beautiful Bing cherries and more blueberry, then a trailing finish of cranberry tartness. Enjoy this chilled just a bit and admire its rose color in between sips.”

TREVE RING, EDITOR, EDIBLE BRITISH COLUMBIA, JULY 2009

“Progressing in body, we next arrived at Garry Oaks Zeta 2006. Winemaker Elaine Kozak was there to chat about this very unique wine – made from the Austrian grape Zweigelt. Elaine admitted that they (her and husband/viticulturalist Marcel) planted this grape without actually ever tasting or talking to anyone who grew it (!), but after copious amounts of research into its suitability for their exact site on Salt Spring Island. And the gamble absolutely paid off! A lovely peppery spice nose, cherry and floral flavours and big tannins make this a memorable – and now very Islands tasting – red. As vintages progress, Elaine is experimenting with more oak treatment with Zeta – so stay tuned. Very special.”

James Nevison, The Province, Thursday, July 02, 2009

Garry Oaks 2008 Pinot Gris

“Last but not least, it’s time to head to the Gulf Islands for our all-Canadian white. Salt Spring Island, to be precise, where Garry Oaks winery minds two acres of Pinot Gris using sustainable-farming practices. Their latest vintage of Gris is great fun to drink. A wave of peach, apple, and pear anchors a vibrant upfront intensity and rich mid-palate. The wine finishes peachy fresh, with a slight spritz, definitely a candidate for uncorking on the patio without delay!”

JOHN SCHREINER, APPELLATION AMERICA

Pinot Noir 2005 – “This wine has a fine dark colour for the variety, with aromas of raspberries and cherries. In the palate, there is a delicious play of fruit flavours, with a spiciness lifting the cherries and raspberries. The texture is silky. This is an elegant and pretty wine with good intensity and with the potential to benefit from cellaring.”

JANE MUNDY, NATIONAL POST, August 26, 2006

Zeta 2004 – Jane included Garry Oaks wines in her Vancouver 100-Mile Dinner Party. Referring to the main dish of marinated smoked pork, she writes, “…the Zeta’s black cherry and spice flavours elevated this dish to greatness and convinced even the wine snobs among us that great wine can be produced locally. ‘I didn’t think the Island could produce a good red with these characteristics: full-bodied and full-flavoured,’ dinner guest Sue Alexander said, ‘but I was pleasantly surprised.'”

WINE ACCESS MAGAZINE

Pinot Noir 2004 – “Smoky, Worchestershire, compost, licorice root aromas with a touch of strawberry. Soft, round, astringent entry with light tannins. Peppery, rootsy, rhubarb, compost flavours…We look forward to future editions.”

TIM PAWSEY, Vancouver Courier

Pinot Noir 2004 – “A very stylish, medium-bodied Pinot, home grown by Saltspring’s rising star. Forward, lifted strawberry and earthy aromas followed by firm cherry and darker fruits with some pleasing spice. Very solid.”

JANCIS ROBINSON
We had the good fortune to have our wines included in a tasting by Jancis Robinson (world-renown wine critic and author of several classics such as the “Oxford Companion to Wine”, and “Vines, Grapes & Wine”) on April 19, 2004. She included three of our wines in her list of “favourites” with the following comments:

Garry Oaks Gew�rztraminer 2003 – “Very pretty and noticeably delicate…Lively with a lovely texture.”

Garry Oaks Blanc de Noir 2003 – “Pale strawberry colour. Not that much nose but good fruit on the palate. Lots of acidity.”

Garry Oaks Estate Pinot Noir 2002 – “Light crimson, this wine is not trying to be a copy of an Echezeaux, just a light, fruity Pinot with a good balance between fruit, acid and tannin.”