Quail's Gate's most popular wine, Chasselas was the first viniferia grown on our estate and subsequently became their first wine. Always referred to as the classic patio wine, this is an extremely versatile wine. Best enjoyed with friends in the afternoon, a good selection of mild cheeses and good conversation will highlight the experience. Light, fresh and easy to agree with, this “off dry” white is a true crowd pleaser.
This wine is a blend of 45 % Chasselas, 30% Pinot Blanc, and 25% Pinot Gris. The Pinot Gris adds exquisite pear notes that complement fresh fruit salad aromas and crisp flavours. Moderate alcohol and fine balance make this wine suitable for pairing with light salads incorporating cheeses or nuts, seafood appetizers or for enjoying as a patio sipper on its own.
The Chasselas grapes were harvested from the Quails’ Gate Estate vineyard. The vines’ roots extend deep into the subsoil of the Boucherie Mountain slopes bringing crisp complex mineral notes to the fruit. Our unique cool climate temperature fluctuation provides daytime heat and ripening potential along with cool night temperatures that help retain bright acidity. All three varietals are hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Blending is conducted post fermentation. A touch of residual sweetness is preserved to balance acidity while providing weight, texture and freshness.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with light salads and cheeses, seafood appetizers or easily enjoyed on its own.