July 31, 2021

Okanagan wine scores perfect 100 points

The owner of the vineyard CheckMate Artisanal Winery to Oliver, Anthony von Mandl, said to himself totally stunned and amazed when he learned that his wine had obtained a perfect mark.

It’s a big time for the wines of the Okanagan Valley.

A quote from:
Anthony von Mandl, owner of CheckMate Winery

In North America, wines are rated on several scales, but the 100 point system has become one of the most popular. A perfect score is extremely rare.

The 2015 Little Pawn Chardonnay achieved a perfect score of 100 points.

Photo : CheckMate Artisanal Winery

It is the culmination of years of hard work, especially in the last six years, since the opening of the winery. dit M. von Mandl.

A winning wine

As a critic, John Schreiner has tasted many wines over the years. However, this is the first time that he has awarded a score of 100 points to a table wine, although he has already given a perfect score to an ice wine.

It was such a harmonious wine. It had the flavors I was looking for in Chardonnay and there was nothing off balance.

A quote from:
John Schreiner wine critic

I rarely see wines that are nothing to joke about, launched the one who is also the author of several books on the subject, in particular The Wineries of British Columbia.

The Okanagan, a unique region

Mr. von Mandl believes the Okanagan is finally on the verge of being recognized as a world-class wine producer. He says the region offers something unique to the wine world, especially because it was formed by volcanic activity and repeated ice ages, which helped create a complex microclimate.

Mr. Schreiner agrees.

The wines are so much better. They are better cultivated.

A quote from:
Reviewer John Schreiner on the Okanagan Valley

The Little Pawn Chardonnay 2015 is only for sale in the cellar, online and in certain restaurants.

With information from Joel Ballard