Our grandfather Richard Stewart Sr. left Ireland in 1908 to immigrate to Canada. Settling in Kelowna, he and his brother William created a successful nursery growing trees, fruit, and vegetables - and established the agricultural roots of the Stewart Family in the Okanagan. ‘Poppa Dick’ as he was affectionately known, was always looking toward the future – but when pressed about the Old Country, he asserted that Connemara was the most beautiful part of Ireland. Quails’ Gate’s The Connemara is an exclusive Bordeaux blend that weaves together the nostalgia of the Old Country and the triumph of the New.
The fruit for the Connemara was hand-harvested in October from our estate vineyard at Quails’ Gate. This vintage is a blend of 49% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc, which was barrel aged in new and French oak for 28 months.
Enjoy now through 2035
The first hint at the richness of this wine comes from its deep ruby colour. The bouquet includes an intense and complex nose of black currant, blueberry, black pepper, cocoa, and tobacco.
The palate has a round texture, with elegant tannins and a long, structured finish. We suggest decanting for an hour or two prior to serving.
The richness of this wine pairs seamlessly with your best cuts of red meats, favourite roast, veal, or lamb with accompaniments like potato purée or Gratin Dauphinoise, mushrooms, and green beans with garlic.