How’d we score? Read the latest reviews of our  releases by noted international wine critics…

Whites:

7 Blanc 2012

Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine, December 9, 2013
Mike Raffan’s vineyard that surrounds his winery on British Columbia’s Naramata Bench produced both the Gewürztraminer (60%) and Pinot Gris (40%) for this proprietary white blend. Harvest began Oct. 17 with the Gewürz, and the aromatics are rather pretty with notes of orange oil, watermelon, Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly candy and cellophane. Piercing acidity awaits on the palate with bright flavors of Granny Smith apple and Asian pear, a combination that balances the off-dry style in the residual sugar (1.2%). Read more…
Rating: Excellent

7 Blanc 2011

Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine, August 12, 2013
Bradley Cooper, T7′s winemaker, merely stepped out his backdoor of his cottage on the Naramata Bench to sample the grapes for this co-fermented estate blend of Gewürztraminer (60%) and Pinot Gris. He decided to pick on Oct. 15, which paved the way for aromas of yellow grapefruit, lychee, cantaloupe, gooseberry and Mountain Dew. The Pinot Gris shows itself more on the palate and its theme of fresh Bartlett pear and lime, backed by grapefruit and minerality to balance the residual sugar of that’s just below 1%. Read more…
Rating: Excellent & Wine of the week

John Schreiner, September 28, 2012
This is a blend of 60% Gewürztraminer and 40% Pinot Gris. The wine is bright and crisp with aromas of citrus, herbs and spice and with flavours of apples and citrus.
Rating: 89 points

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, November 6, 2012
This lively and lovely blend of estate grown Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris is undeniably pretty. Aromas of orange blossoms, rose petals and sweet spices are rounded out with a combination of pristine orchard fruits and more exotic tropical fruits. The palate is quite concentrated and very fresh, it has a kiss of sweetness, which cleans up with a zesty grapefruit finish. Perfect for spicy dishes.
Rating: 89 points & Top 100 (+12) Wines of 2012

2009

Eric Degerman, Wine Press Northwest, Winter Issue
Here’s a nicely balanced little white cocktail number from benchland bunches of Pinot Gris, Gewurtraminer and Muscat. Influences of white peach, lemon/lime, Red Delicious apple, apricot and pear, welcomed by herbal notes of celery and catnip. It’s quite tasty with flavors of Granny Smith apple, pear and pineapple.
Rating: Excellent

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, December 6, 2010
Solid silver at the B.C. Wine Awards, it’s the only white by Township to medal in this year’s competition; all the rest were reds. A subtle, off-dry blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat, it’s the ideal foil for spicy Asian foods. Introduce food from your favourite Thai or Chinese restaurant to it before it’s all gone.
Rating: Best Domestic White Wines of the Year

Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, November 29, 2010
7 Blanc is an aromatic blend of Naramata pinot gris, gewürztraminer and a bit of muscat. Look for an off-dry palate mixing grapefruit, honey mango and red apple notes with bits of cherries and spice. Classic style summer sipper that will pair with a variety of foods.
Rating: Top 40 Most Impressive BC Wines of the Year

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, November 15, 2010
This very aromatic blend of 45% Gewurztraminer, 41% Pinot Gris and 14% Muscat Ottonel is a delicious golden-hued wine with fragrant lychee, peach and mango, honey, lime leaf, orange blossoms and sweet spices – clove, star anise and cinnamon. There is a kiss of sweetness on the palate that dries up on the finish, it is snappy and mouth-watering and very, very good.
Rating: 91 points

2012 Chardonnay

Gold, All Canadian Wine Championship, 2014

2009

John Schreiner, December 10, 2012
The wine begins with aromas of baked apples, fresh bread, nutmeg and tangerine. On the palate, there are rich flavours of honeyed stone fruit and tangerine.  Read more…
Rating: 90 points

Jurgen Gothe, November 21, 2012
Light, deft, and delicate, with bright, fresh fruit and hints of caramel and honey throughout. Great balance between fruit, acidity, and oak. For once, they made enough to go around. Mushroom risotto loves it, and it’s another wine for Parmesan popcorn.  Read more…

Michael Botner, Okanagan Life Magazine, Jan-Feb, 2013
Polished and poised, nuanced Chardonnay serves up an enticing nose and a creamy, toasty palate suggesting oatmeal cookies, dried apricot, fig, honey, hazelnut, baked apple and butterscotch. Accompanies fish, poultry, pasta with creamy nut or mushroom sauce.  Read more…

2009

Natalie Maclean, January 3, 2012
Grapes sourced from the Oliver & Naramata vineyards. A full-bodied, balanced chardonnay with toasty oak and some marzipan notes. Food matches: rich, soft cheese, crab cakes, veal or butternut squash ravioli.  Read more…
Rating: Good Value Wine Pick

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, May 26-June 2, 2011
What oak there is isn’t in your face or coating your tongue; this has a restrained style with gorgeous balance between the wood and the fruit. Get a case and taste one a month till next spring to see how it develops in the bottle.  It would be a tasty experiment and double-if you get some friends to go in on it with you.

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, May 26, 2011
Nicely balanced! Citrus and light toast, hints of pineapple and buttery aromas with vanilla caramels. The palate has a lovely creamy texture and flavours of toasted brown spices, white fruit, hone and marizipan. A chic wine with a long, bright finish.
Rating: 89 points

Tim Pawsey, North Shore News, April 18, 2011
Complex with fruit from Black Sage, Township 7 Naramata, Oliver and Cawston, 10 months in French and American oak. This wine punches well above its price, with a vanilla-citrus toned nose followed by complex layers of creamy butterscotch and tropical notes with good acidity and mouthfeel, wrapped in well managed oak. Think crab or lobster pasta dishes.

2009 Calgary Stampede Centennial Selection Chardonnay

Shelley Boettcher, Calgary Herald, June 29, 2012
I especially enjoyed the Township 7 2009 Centennial Selection Chardonnay; one for fans of oaked Chardonnay, it’s a big, full-bodied white that features big, creamy, peachy, pineapple and vanilla notes. Try the Chardonnay now with butternut squash dishes, roast chicken or grilled salmon.  Read more…

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, June 7-14, 2012
Sourced from three major Okanagan vineyards and 100 percent barrel fermented and aged this shows a little peach and a little noisette, even a hint of coconut as it meets the palate, then morphs into a lot of nice, easy oak and some butterscotch. A beautifully finished wine of surprising complexity. Maybe not suitable for massive rib eye, but surely a treat with polenta and truffles, spaghetti with brown butter and garlic, or any kind of pasta with prawns, tarragon and cream.  Read more…

2011 Unoaked Chardonnay

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, October 11, 2012
Get it from either of the two T7 wineries (located in Langley and Naramata) or a good indie store. Quote from the label: “the aromas and palate jump with crisp apple and pear and citrus flavours.” Does all that, too. The taste of fresh-cut fruit is redolent; it’s hearty and soft at the same time. Fish and chicken love it. Makes a nice benchmark for comparing other unoaked Chards.  Read more…

John Schreiner, September 28, 2012
Crisp and fresh, with aromas and flavours of green apples. This is a tangy, refreshingly dry white that cries for pairing with seafood.  Read more…
Rating: 89 points

2009

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, May 26-June 2, 2011
Only 205 cases of this bracing little number were made; if the panel’s reaction is any indication, it will go quickly. Lots of fruit in the forefront, it’s fresh, lively and just right with things like pasta primavera. I can’t make up my mind if I like it better without oak than with so enjoy both.

Tim Pawsey, North Shore News, April 18, 2011
More than a pleasant sipper, this enjoys a fresh, not overtly fruity style with melon and citrus aromas, apple and background mineral notes on the palate. A great match for simply prepared seafood.

Wine Press Northwest, July 2011
Few spots in Northwest wine country lend themselves to al fresco dining as well as the Naramata Bench, and here’s a great sipper to enjoy with afternoon fare on a summer day. It’s filled with apple, pear, jasmine, lavender and citrusy tones.

2010 Pinot Gris

Julianna Hayes, December 9, 2012
Classic gris style. Bright peach, tangerine, melon and honeysuckle notes in the bouquet. On the palate, there’s an initial hit of sweet citrus fruit backed by loads of fresh acidity.
Rating: A-

2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine, November 26, 2013
From one bench to another, winemaker Bradley Cooper sourced these grapes off the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, British Columbia, and took them back to the Penticton winery on the Naramata Bench. The helping of Muscat Ottonel (8%) proved to be a generous addition by adding a bit of muskiness to the nose of fresh-cut Granny Smith apple, lemongrass, beeswax and twist of lemon. Flavors of lime, kiwi fruit and more lemongrass make for a brisk drink that’s packaged with lime peel and finished plenty dry enough for mussels, scallops or clam chowder.
Rating: Excellent

2011

Natalie Maclean, March 2, 2013
Fresh, clean and crisp with a lovely lemon-lime brightness. Not grassy. Perfectly refreshing and medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for food. Grapes were sourced from the Blue Terrace Vineyard, Black Sage Road and Oliver vineyards. Food matches: mild cheeses, seared scallops and cilantro, other seafood, or lemon glazed chicken breast.
Rating: 90 points

John Schreiner, December 10, 2012
Aromas of lime and grapefruit surge from the glass. On the palate, the flavours are herbal entwined with lime and grapefruit. The finish is crisp and refreshing and dry.  Read more…
Rating: 90 points

Rick VanSickle, November 26, 2012
A classic nose of fresh-cut grass, grapefruit and zesty lime.  Fantastic verve and vibrancy on the palate with citrus fruit and just the right amount of grass and herbs.  Refreshing and zesty through the finish.
Rating: 89 points

2009

James Suckling, Former Senior Editor, Wine Spectator, Feb. 27, 2011
This is fascinating with a super minerally, white pepper character on the nose and palate. Medium bodied, with bright acidity. Very intense. Really original. A Canadian “Silex”. Baby Sancerre.
Rating: 93 points & Best White Wine in Canada

Wine Diva, Daenna van Mulligen, October 18, 2010
This concentrated Sauvignon Blanc is more reminiscent of a Californian version rather than those from New Zealand. It presents lovely stone fruits, melon and floral notes with a seam of citrus. The palate is ripe and quite creamy with nice minerality, sweet ripe fruit and citrus. The finish is mouth-watering and carries flavours of licorice and citrus peel.
Rating: 90 points

2007

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, December 10, 2009
SB reaches me as more of a food wine than a sipping wine, and this doesn’t disappoint, as it applies itself to all sorts of dishes, from prawn skewers with kale and prosciutto to hearty bouillabaisse (with a splash of white balsamic in at the end) to Key lime pie.
Rating: Best BC White Wine for 2009

2009 Viognier

Wine Diva, Daenna van Mulligen, February 23, 2011
You’ll love the fragrant and fresh aromas of this Viognier – it has muscaty aromas with apricot and peaches, tangerine peel and honey with plenty of citrus blossom notes. The palate is crisp and snappy – zesty citrus and stone fruit flavours are underscored with sweet spice that lingers across the finish. Pair this wine with spiced crab cakes or creamy pasta dishes.
Rating: 90 points

Natalie Maclean, NatDecants.com, March 28, 2011
So very pretty! Beautifully balanced and bursting with fresh spring blossoms of white field flowers and lime essence. Spritely and refreshing. A breath of fresh air. Food matches: creamy pastas, fruit salsas with grilled fish or chicken, spicy Asian dishes.  Read more…
Rating: 89 points

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, Feb. 24, 2011
Pale-straw in colour. Carried on a light frame, the flavours hint at melon and lemon. It’s ideal for spring salads. Available direct from the B.C. winery.

2008 Reserve Chardonnay

Natalie Maclean, September 2012
A lovely, full-bodied, rich and round chardonnay with enticing aromas of almond, butter, and gala apples. Great balance. Food matches: curried butternut squash ravioli, breaded oysters and salmon. 
Rating: 90 points

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, October 15, 2012
This is the time of year I crave the richness of a creamy Chardonnay. The aromas here are dark roasted hazelnuts and lemon curds with fine oak spice undertones. It has wonderful freshness (you may not expect in a four year old) and flavours to echo the aromas – browned butter, spice and bright citrus. The finish is long and powerful. Read more….
Rating: 90 points & Top 50 Wines (+12) of 2012

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, August 1, 2012
A little shy to the nose to start with, but then it opens up and assails the front palate (in a very nice way!) with hints of pepper, creamed corn, hay, and honey. The French oak asserts itself in the dark colour and oaky finish (it is a few years old, after all!), and it really wants food: goat cheese, wild salads, classy grilled cheese sandwiches. Read more….

John Schreiner, May 3, 2012
The grapes in this wine are a blend of Similkameen and Black Sage Roadfruit from two excellent vineyards. Winemaker Brad Cooper, something of a Chardonnay specialist, aged the wine 18 months in French oak.It is a big, rich Chardonnay, with aromas of tangerine and buttery oak. On the palate there is great spoonful of tropical flavours – tangerine, guava -supported by, but not overwhelmed by the oak.  Read more…
Rating: 90 points

 Debbra Mikaelsen, Edible Vancouver, High Summer, 2012
Big and buttery with waves of caramel wafting from the glass. There isn’t a lot of it around, but we’re told the Langley winery still has some in stock. if you like Chardonnay, check it out. And if you don’t like Chardonnay — but are fond of caramel popcorn — this wine could change your mind.

Rosé:

Rosé 2009

Natalie Maclean, January 3, 2012
Strawberry aromas on the nose and dry, refreshing on the palate. Crisp and lively. A blend of chardonnay (56%), pinot noir (19%), muscat (12%), cabernet franc (7%) and merlot (5%). Food matches: grilled salmon, roasted ham, fresh strawberry and goat cheese salad or spicy Asian dishes.  Read more…
Rating: Good Value Wine Pick

Julianna Hayes, Okanagan Sunday, November 6, 2011
Fresh, fruity and fun. Lots of strawberry, cranberry and spice on the nose. Bright acidity with fresh wild strawberry, spice and even a touch of herbal on the palate. A terrific choice for cheerful holiday parties. Drink now.

John Schreiner, September 28, 2012
Salmon pink in colour, the wine has aromas and flavours of strawberry and cherry.

Reds:

2010 Merlot

Gold, All Canadian Wine Championships, 2013

James Nevison, The Province, July 29, 2014
Finally, a proud local Merlot to round out the B.C. Day long weekend. With two wineries and multiple vineyards spread across the Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Township 7 has the province well covered. Using grapes grown in the Okanagan, their Merlot is punchy and powerful, full of plum, mocha, and toasty oak. It’s bold, but also backed up by good freshness, and finishes with warming spice and savoury notes.
Rating: A-

Daenna Van Mulligen, WineScores.ca, March 24, 2014
Township 7 has a habit of holding back their red wine, which is a benefit for you. The 2010 offers potent plum notes, spice cake, chocolate and intense vanilla liqueur aromas. The tannins are ripe but still firm – dark toasted spice, vanilla, powdery mocha flavours lead to a long finish. It’s a brooding and dense wine with impressive intensity. Barrel aged for quite a lengthy 25 months in French and American oak.
Rating: 90 points

John Schreiner, February, 2014
If this wine is in your cellar, give it a few more years to achieve its potential. Having said that, it is already approachable, with aromas of vanilla, black cherry and oak and flavours of black currant and black cherry. The wine is full and richly concentrated.
Rating: 90 points

Julianna Hayes, August 11, 2013
Black cherry, cassis, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather, sausage, sage, mint aromas. Lush mouthfeel with cherry, cranberry fruit flabours accented by cocoa, coffee bean, mint and savoury spice. Moderate tannins.
Rating: A-

2009

Gold, All Canadian Wine Championships, 2012

Gold & Top Canadian Merlot, Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards, 2012

Double Gold, Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards, 2012

Rick VanSickle, November 26, 2012
Winemaker Bradley Cooper has crafted a beauty here from South Okanagan fruit. It has a lovely nose of raspberry and black cherry fruit with earth, toasted vanilla spice, and a note of sweet sandalwood and chocolate. It is meaty on the palate with solid structure, firm tannins, bright red fruits, integrated spices and wonderful balance already.  Read more…
Rating: 90 points

Michael Botner, Okanagan Life Magazine, Jan-Feb, 2013
Well-bred Merlot shows finesse and a seductive character. Smooth, refined palate features supple plum and blackberry with notes of cinnamon, tobacco, black pepper and smoky oak, backed by finely-textured tannins. Recommended with lamb or beef.  Read more…

2008

Natalie Maclean, January 3, 2012
Grapes were sourced from the Oliver, Okanagan Falls & Naramata vineyards. Juicy and loaded with fleshy blackberries, smooth and full-bodied. Toasty oak on the finish. Food matches: robust meat dishes or intense dark chocolate.  Read more…
Rating: Good Value Wine Pick

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, October 25, 2011
Wonderful rich dark plummy aromas with mocha, toffee, chocolate and spice cake notes. The palate is plush and smooth echoing the spice cake, chocolate and supple dark fruit of the nose. It’s full but slightly hot in the mouth and the finish lingers nicely.
Rating: 90 points

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, August 19, 2011
Velvety, full-bodied and intense with dark fruit and a hint of coffee, it’s in fact a blend of 88-per-cent merlot with some cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.

2007

James Suckling, Former Senior Editor, Wine Spectator, Feb. 27, 2011
Lots of tobacco and fruit on this with hints of dried fruits as well. Full and very polished with dark chocolate and berries. Subtle and focused. Reminds me of a solid Tuscan Merlot. So good now but will keep going and going.
Rating: 92 points & Best Merlot in Canada

2008 Calgary Stampede Centennial Selection Merlot

Neil McLennan, Western Living Magazine, July 4, 2012
Wine pairings can be tricky. Asparagus is notoriously tricky. But matching a wine to the hundred year anniversary of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – now that’s a challenge. Luckily-they chose a winery – Township 7 – that’s up for the task. From the get-go owners Mike Raffan and Lori Pike-Raffan have always been more interested in winemaking than PR and it shows in the bottlings like the Centennial Selection Merlot ie the Stampede wine. It says Merlot, but with both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the mix I prefer to think of this as a fruit-forward St. Emilion wine: there’s some oak which has roped in the heady dark fruit flavours. It’s a rich wine happy to stand alone in the glass but also comfortable saddling up to a fire-grilled porterhouse. Drink now through July 15 (though I reckon it’ll lasts a sight longer if you must).  Read more…

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, June 7-14, 2012
Four famous south Okanagan vineyards yielded up their fruit for this deft and surprisingly delicate blend; we don’t often think of Merlot as delicate, but try this. It got 22 months of oak-barrel aging before coming out smooth and right with plenty of big plums and berries and, not surprisingly, some silky chocolate. For all its subtlety it is quite dense (you can’t see through it!) and will welcome big pasta with lots of tomato, garlic, and basil (fresh oregano if you’ve got it), or a prune-stuffed pork roast. (Yes, with crackling of course!)  Read more…

Daenna van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, June 4, 2012
Well, this should do well in Calgary this summer…  The nose leads with spicy black plum and cocoa notes and follows up with quite savoury smoked meat and roasted brown spices. The palate launches with sweet juicy fruit and mocha liqueur flavours, and culminates in carob and dried herbal flavours. It’s a tasty and smooth Merlot, which is well suited to grilled foods.  Read more…

2010 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

John Schreiner, September 28, 2012
This is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter varietal adds a note of mint to the aromas of black currant, chocolate and tobacco. On the palate, there are flavours of black currant and cherry. Another year of bottle age will polish the firm tannins.

2008

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, November 13, 2010
This blend is full-bodied, slightly dusty in texture and deliciously earthy, with hints of tobacco and cedar rising up through blackcurrant, cherry and toffee.  It could almost be European.  Try with roast beef.
Rating: 90 points

Shelley Boettcher, Calgary Herald, September 18, 2010
If you love big elegant reds that know they are in charge, this wine is for you.  It is just that – a full bodied, sexy wine that’s loaded with cherry, cocoa and vanilla flavours.  If you come across a bottle snap it up. Fewer than 600 cases are made.  Its property on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley is a must if you’re visiting the region. Drink now with beef, venison or bison dishes, or hard cheeses. Open for half hour or so before serving or decant. Or cellar for up to five years or maybe even longer.

Vines Magazine, February-March 2011
Township 7’s red blend is a robust and flavourful red that tempers its peppery and savoury flavours with an elegant and integrated texture. This is solid and enjoyable now, but will develop more complexity with two or three years of aging.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Daenna Van Mulligen “Wine Diva” , March 17, 2014
On the nose, expect black currents, dried cherries, vanilla and carob with roasted coffee beans, toffee, savoury spice and dried wild herbs. It’s bordering on brooding; the palate provides flavours of dark toast, oak spice, sunbaked earth, bittersweet chocolate and savoury herbs atop black fruit. Good length with fine cocoa tannins across the finish. It is a robust style, masculine and dark – cellar if desired or decant and serve with grilled meats, hearty pastas or hard cheeses.
Rating: 90 points

John Schreiner, February 2014
This wine begins with aromas of cassis and black cherry. The rich palate delivers flavours of black currant, black cherry and chocolate with hints of cigar box. I heeded the winery’s recommendation to decant this wine. It would be even better to cellar this for perhaps five more years.
Rating: 91 points

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, January, 16, 2014
The new, New York-designed labels for this 14-year-old winery sport a clean, minimalist look with a big red “7” front and centre. But the wine is anything but plain. Thanks to a cool, long growing season, it exhibits subtle layers of cassis, mint, black-olive tapenade and black tea, more reminiscent of the crisp, firm style of Bordeaux’s Medoc district or cool Western Australia than, say, warm Napa. Medium-fullbodied, it delivers bracing tannins. Decant if you can. Ideal for steak.  Read more…
Rating: 90 points

Eric Degerman, Great Northwest Wine, December 3, 2013
Bradley Cooper has been producing wine for this property on British Columbia’s beautiful Naramata Bench since 2005, and he’s making his mark with Bordeaux varieties from this site on the acclaimed Black Sage Bench, just north of Oroville, Wash. The nose hints at Chukar Cherry, NECCO Wafer candy, sagebrush and a fresh-cut noble fir. Sauve flavors feature Royal Ann cherry, red currant and president plum, a blend that creates pleasing acidity, up-front tannins and good length. It’s fascinating and sassy.  Read more…
Rating: Outstanding

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, December 10, 2012
There is nothing easy about growing Cabernet Sauvignon in the Okanagan but in this case this 2009 Oliver-based vineyard delivered. Savoury black fruit with hints of sagebrush, coffee and ripe black olives and bits of chocolate preview some youthful, blocky tannin that will need a couple more years in bottle to dissipate. Warm and rich, you can decant and serve this now with big meat dishes to best effect, or cellar through 2018.  Read more…
Rating: BC WINE OF THE WEEK

John Schreiner, December 10, 2012
Dark in colour, the wine begins with aromas of cassis, cherry and vanilla. On the palate, there are flavours of cassis, cherry and chocolate. The long ripe tannins gave this wine a supple, appealing texture.  Read more…
Rating: 90 points

2008

Natalie Maclean, January 3, 2012
Savoury, meaty and full-bodied with a smooth, seductive texture. Aromas of black cherry, bergamot herbs and some lovely leather notes on the finish. This is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with 15% Cabernet Franc. Food matches: grilled filet mignon with portobello mushrooms or rosemary encrusted lamb.  Read more…
Rating: Good Value Wine Pick

Daenna Van Mulligen, “Wine Diva”, December 13, 2011
Township 7 shows consistency and quality in their wines. Wines, which offer generous fruit but also structure and complexity. Wonderfully fragrant – chocolate, mint leaf and cassis, hints of plum and dried herbs, spicebox and the scent of wild strawberries on the tail end. On the palate there is a slight chewiness from fine tannins, some nice focus with balanced acidity that lifts flavours of dark fruit, tobacco, brown spices and toasted oak. 15% Cabernet Franc blended in, 26 months aged in French and American oak barrels. Read more…
Rating: 90 points

2011 Reserve 7

Rick Van Sickle, Quench Magazine, May-June 2014
A blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties and a great effort from a cooler vintage in the Okanagan. The nose shows an elegant amalgam of cassis, currants, blackberry, herbs, spice and subtle red fruits that are just emerging. It shows pure elegance on the palate with dark and red fruits, dried herbs and savoury spices to with firm tannins, grippy tannins and a long finish.
Rating: 92 points

Daenna Van Mulligan, Wine Diva, April 2014
Township 7’s red meritage blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. It offers a combination of blackberry jam, black cherries, vanilla, chocolate, violets and sweet spice notes with mint. The palate follows suit – a supple weight and smooth texture with flavours of sweet fruit, dried herbs and leather with vanilla and pipe tobacco on the finish.
Rating: 90 points

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail, February 2014
A Bordeaux-inspired red blend, it’s composed of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. From a tough, late-start vintage, it pulled through to a fine finish, with whispers of leather and mint joining the cassis.
Rating: 90 points

John Schreiner, February 2014
This is a blend of 42% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% of Malbec and Petit Verdot. It begins dramatically with aromas spicy red fruit and chocolate. Firm but rich in texture, it has flavours of black cherry, black berry and liquorice. As it breathes, the wine opens to offer a pleasing spoonful of sweet fruit to the palate.
Rating: 91-92 points

2009

John Schreiner, April 2013
Winemaker Brad Cooper pulled out all the stops to produce Township 7’s flagship reserve red, giving the wine 22 months in French and American barrels and then giving it additional bottle aging. The wine begins with aromas of plums and blackberries with touches of vanilla and chocolate. The texture is generous, with flavours of plum, black cherry, blackberry and vanilla. On the lingering finish, there is spice and black cherry..  Read more…
Rating: 91 points

2008

John Schreiner, May 3, 2012
This is a blend of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc, aged 25 months on French and American oak. It is a big, ripe wine, beginning with a dramatic aroma of black currant and vanilla. On the palate, there are flavours of black currant, plum, chocolate and vanilla. The texture is rich and concentrated and the finish is very long and satisfying.  Read more…
Rating: 91 points

Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Straight, October 24, 2012
Here is dark, fresh, blackberry-jam aroma with intense and luscious flavours and a hint of sweetness on the front palate. With the first sip, there are also hints of espresso. For chocolate, for sure, or lamb on the grill or beef roasted or barbecued. What a stunner. Read more…

2009 Syrah

Neal McLennan, Western Living Magazine, January 10, 2012
This Canadian wine borrows a French process to score a perfect balance between new world freshness and old world technique. Cassoulet was born to go with a hearty Rhone red, and BC’s Township 7 does one of the best interpretations of a French Cote-Rotie with their Syrah. The secret is to co-ferment it with a small amount (8%) of the white grape viognier, which gives lovely aromatics on the nose and lightens the palate just a tad to soften the leathery and cooked meat notes from the Syrah. It’s a wine that’s both elegant and muscular (and under $30—bonus.)
Rating: Wine Pick of the Week

 DJ Kearney, Wine Access Magazine, April-May 2012
Less has to be more when your crop suffers from winterkill. Happily the surviving grapes ripen to perfection, allowing for a tiny Syrah bottling. Aromatic, with 8 percent Viognier, and lifted with violets, dark berries and plums, this wine has glorious BC herbal character and gamey, smoked notes. Best of all are the hints of orange peel and cracked pepper that recall northern Rhone creations. It boasts fresh BC acidity, with dark fruit, ripe but tight tannins and loads of oak. It would benefit from a good aerating. Decant now.

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery - locations in Langley & Naramata, British Columbia, Canada