MEDIA & AWARDS

Pinot Noir 2015 Reviews

91 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

This is a blend of three clones from three different vineyards. That is not for volume but for complexity, which also applies to how the wine is made. It is aged 10 months in a mix of large casks, puncheons and barriques. “This mix is intentionally larger format to provide a larger wine to wood ratio as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit profile of this Pinot Noir,” the winery notes explain. It begins with aromas of raspberry and cherry. Those aromas are echoed on the palate, mingled with spice and toasted oak. The wine is full-bodied.

PTG 2015 Reviews

91 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

This is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Gamay. The full-bodied wine was aged 10 months in a variety of French oak vessels (10% new). The wine begins with aromas of cherry, plum and toasted oak which are echoed on the palate. There is a note of spice on the lingering finish.

90 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017

Ruby colour; cherry pit nose with a candied raspberry note; medium-bodied, dry, lovely mouth-feel; cherry, red plum with a licorice note and a floral grace note.

Gamay 2015 Reviews

90 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The wine begins with aromas of cherry mingled with toasty notes (the wine was aged 10 months on the fine lees in French oak). On the palate, the savoury cherry flavours are both rich and juicy, with a long finish.

“En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Reviews

 93 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The wine blends nine clones from two vineyards. The wine was aged eight months in medium toast French oak barrels (20% new, 30% second fill, 50% neutral). Dark in colour and concentrated in texture, this is a powerful, almost brooding, Pinot Noir that will age well. Aromas of plum and cherry mingle with so-called forest floor spice. On the palate, the raspberry and cherry flavours are intense, giving way to notes of chocolate on the lingering finish.

92 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017

Medium ruby colour; earthy, cherry with oak spice on the nose, tobacco and floral top notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, cherry and currant flavours; velvety mouth-feel, richly extracted, firmly structured and well-balanced with resolved tannins. (92)

Quotidien Brut 2016 Reviews

90 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner On Wine – August 2017

Heidi had worked as hard to make Quotidien Brut as if she had just bottle-fermented it. But she is nothing, if not determined. And she was determined to a wine where everything but the price reminded one of Champagne.

Kurtis Kolt – Georgia Straight – August 2017

I’d be lying if I said JoieFarm’s 2016 Brut Quotidien ($25) hadn’t hit the spot while we tucked into our pizza and schnitzel. Quotidien translates to “your daily ration”, and the name is meant to express the pleasure of enjoying cheery, accessible sparkling wine any time of the week. A blend of Chardonnay and Riesling, the wine has peach, pear, and lemonade notes that wonderfully echoed an Okanagan summer.

90 points – Michelle Bouffard – Wine Align – July 2017

Nez tout en fraîcheur avec des notes de fruits mûrs de citron et de pomme et une touche de miel. Corps léger et dotée d’une texture délicate. Simple, mais bien fait.

Fresh nose with notes of ripe fruit of lemon and apple and a touch of honey. Lightweight body with a delicate texture. Simple, but well done.

89 points – John Szabo – Wine Align – July 2017

As the name “brut quotidien” implies, this is a dry bubbly for everyday drinking, but a pretty fine average day it would be. Made from riesling and chardonnay in the tank/charmat method, this is all joyful fruit, fresh apple and pear, with an appealing whiff of white flowers. The palate is dry, further tightened up by firm acids, with decent length to be sure. This invites additional sips. A fine aperitif.

88 points – Treve Ring – Gismondi On Wine – July 2017

Apricot blossoms, tight pear, peach fuzz fill this new, foamy charmat fizz from Joie, a blend of riesling and chardonnay from vineyards in Kelowna, Naramata and Skaha. The 2016 fruit was dosed with Joie’s riesling solera, which has been quietly ticking away, unsulphured. Prickly bright on the palate, riding a swell of residual sugar and an even higher swell of total acidity, this is meant to be enjoyed young and fresh (this summer). Quotidien means “your daily ration”, if you need a reason to drink fizz daily. A serious price for a not so serious wine

Plein de Vie Brut 2016 Reviews

90 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner On Wine – August 2017

It begins with aromas of cherry and strawberry that are echoed in the flavours. The active mousse, achieved by gentle carbonation gives this a creamy texture. This is a very easy to drink sparkling rose with a crisp dry finish.

87 points – Treve Ring – Gismondi On Wine – July 2017

Tastes like summer. 2016 Plein de Vie Brut is a pinot meunier, pinot noir, chardonnay charmat fizz. Like its white brethern it is a bit foamy but bright, fresh and friendly showing just-crushed raspberries and strawberry jam, on a bright, frothy palate all with a kiss of sunny sweetness and a lift of bright cranberry acidity. Fun!

2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

This year, our 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir and 2015 Pinot Noir represented JoieFarm wines at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. Triumphantly, each wine returned home with a medal:  Silver (Reserve Pinot Noir) and Bronze (Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir).

For full results, visit Decanter’s article here.

To have the award winning wines shipped to your door, visit our online store.

‘En Famille’ Reserve Riesling 2015 Reviews

92 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The style for this tangy and complex wine is the German Spätlese style. The trick is to use grapes from old vines (average age of 34 months) and to finish the wine with racy acidity (7.9 grams) balanced with good natural sugar (20 grams). That gives wonderful tension on the palate. The intense aromas and flavours of lime and lemon jump onto the palate and linger on the long finish.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

I tasted all these wines in my office just last week when Noble swung by with them, and although I don’t put energy into keeping any sort of poker face when tasting with winemakers, there’s no way I could have maintained one upon trying this Riesling. After just one sip, I was automatically beaming, exclaiming: “Oh, wow!” So let’s allow that to stand as my initial tasting note.

Some lovely Ambrosia apple flavours fill the palate, and there’s even a touch of apple skin in there that provides some fine texture. What gets me most is the ginger notes that ride all the way through to the lengthy finish. I’m not talking ginger that may be on your baking rack but the fresh-sliced stuff that’s lively, clean, and zingy; it brings a really cool dimension to the wine.

“En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer 2015 Reviews

92 points– John Schreiner– John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The model for this wine was an Alsace Grand Cru; and the wine is very well executed. It begins with intense aromas of lychee and spice, leading equally intense flavours of lychee and quince set against an unctuous texture. The wine is exquisitely balanced with 10 grams of residual sugar against 5.4 grams of acid. The 13.5% alcohol enhances the richness of the wine.

93 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017

Bright, medium straw colour; rose water and lychee nose; full-bodied, just off-dry, opulent, exotic cardamom, Turkish Delight flavour, well-balanced, elegant and lingering. The best Gewurz I’ve tasted form BC.

92 points – Beppi Crosariol – The Globe and Mail – September 2017

Opulent in texture and lavish in flavour, this white calls to mind the more serious gewürztraminers of Alsace, the grape’s spiritual homeland. As for the flavours, here’s a list: tinned apricot, lychee, white table grapes coated in honey, fresh ginger, plus the classic gewürztraminer floral note of rose petals. Excellent balance and freshness for a low-acid grape.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

There’s so much intensity and purity of fruit with this wine, it’s almost like a Gewürztraminer reduction. It has all the attributes we expect from the variety; all of the litchi, rosewater, and ginger are present and opulent, with a nice dusting of sage to balance things out. The grape can make for soft or flabby wines from time to time, but the acid and structure here are right on point.

“En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Reviews

93 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The winery describes this as a careful barrel selection “from our most prized blocks at our Joie-run vineyard sites on the Skaha Bluff and the Naramata Bench. The wine was fermented in French oak primarily with indigenous yeast. The wine begins with aromas of citrus that  lead to a concentrated medley of fruit flavours – melon, white peach, citrus – around a spine of minerality. With imperceptible oak, this fruit forward Chardonnay is crisp and the finish lingers.

91 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017 

Bright straw colour; minerally, apple with a forest floor note on the nose, well integrated oak; full-bodied, ripe pear and apple flavours backed by spicy oak, buttery but dry and well-balanced with vanilla oak notes. Lovely mouth-feel with a long, Meyer lemon finish and a note of toasty oak.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

A departure from the Un-Oaked Chardonnay above, the “En Famille” take on the grape is fermented with native yeast and carries some enjoyable lifted oak, perfectly balancing all the wine’s orchard fruit. All the pears are here, too: Bosc! Anjou! Bartlett! Each one of them is perfectly ripe yet still fresh, with juicy acidity. A stunning example of how elegant Okanagan Chardonnay can be, I think it’s the best one she has made to date.