Stag’s Hollow

Established in 1995, Stag’s Hollow is a family-owned winery in Okanagan Falls, producing some of British Columbia’s highest quality, most distinctive wines. Nestled in the foothills in the South Okanagan, Stag’s Hollow includes two vineyards…the Estate Vineyard and Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard….that are within 2 kms of each other.

Always innovative, and with a spirit to be unique and push the limits of both grape growing and winemaking in the Okanagan, the team at Stag’s Hollow has researched and sought out grapes, both new and old, suited to the area soils and microclimate. Hands-on owners, Larry Gerelus & Linda Pruegger, along with Winemaker, Dwight Sick, believe their passion and involvement in every aspect of the vineyard and winemaking process has created wines that express the terroir of Stag’s Hollow Vineyard and their Grower Partners.

Globe and Mail Review Oct 4, 2016 – Beppi Crosariol

Stag’s Hollow Grenache 2015,  SCORE: 92

Grown mainly in Spain, France and Australia, heat-loving grenache is a rarity in Canada. Kudos to Stag’s Hollow for this compelling effort. It comes across like a rich, ripe version from France’s southern Rhône Valley, which is high praise. Full-bodied, at 15-per-cent alcohol (the grape leans toward high strength), it’s got supple, come-hither fruit suggesting cherry jam, which is enlivened by a truckload of black licorice as well as Provençal herbs. And there’s an aromatic black-pepper note here, possibly owing to syrah, which makes up 12 per cent of the blend. Available at private retail stores in British Columbia and direct.


2016 Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada Results


2014 Viognier Hearle Vineyard Rhys Pender, MW 

A lovely restrained yet intense Viognier. There is lemon, apricot and peach and pretty jasmine aromas on the nose. The palate is full-bodied yet remains fresh and crisp and with stone fruit and citrus fruit all unfolding slowly then lingering on a long finish. 91 points


2013 Hawk’s HollowSteve Thurlow

This powerful big red is an equal blend of syrah and cab sauvignon with an addition of 10% petit verdot. It has an appealing lifted nose of blackberry and blueberry fruit with lemon and well integrated oak spice. It is finely balanced and will surely develop well over the next few years if cellared. Excelllent length. Best 2017 to 2021. Tasted June 2016. 90 points

2013 Cabernet FrancJanet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D.

Deep ruby red with a tawny rim. Aromas of dark berries and black cherries with a hint of grilled red peppers and spice. Full-bodied with chalky tannins and dried herb and fruit on the long finish. Needs time in bottle. Tasted blind at NWAC June 2016. 88 points

2014 MalbecBill Zacharkiw

Yet another impressive effort from Stag’s Hollow. Floral, dark fruited and meaty, this is classic malbec. Tannins are a bit aggressive so perhaps a lighter hand is needed on the press, but that’s being nit picky. Good job. Bigger wine that doesn’t go over the top. Tasted blind NWAC16. 89 points

2015 Grenache –  Michael Godel

An effete, in effect style of grenache, pretty, pure and elegant. She resists the trappings of overripeness, over-extraction and over-pressing. She is conceived with great purpose and with pelucid substance. Her palate is silken, with fresh berries and then the sort of grand structure that rolls into ambient endings. One of Canada’s great grenache triumphs. Drink 2016-2020. Tasted June 2016. 91 points

2013 Renaissance Merlot – DJ Kearney
There is a plush, seductive nose on this powerful wine. Spicy, vanilla-scented forward oak, shoe polish and dense fruitcake aromas pave the way for rich palate flavours of ripe plum, cassis and dark chocolate. Layered and complex, the tannins are structured and still quite tight, but pedigreed fruit and skilled winemaking are on full display. Tasted June 2016 90 points

 2015 Dolcetto John Szabo, MS

An unusual but strangely compelling example of dolcetto, full of reductive grapefruit-citrus/orange peel aromatics, very botanical and light leafy, but all in a pleasant way. I like the savoury edge and the edgy acids – this works well in the final analysis. Tasted blind at NWAC June 2016. 89 points

 2013 Syrah Hearle VineyardMichael Godel

Great fruit, mostly red berries, crunchy, chewy, a citadel of fortissimo, tart but so far from sour within its powerful ripeness. Phonetically rampant and ripping. This offers nothing if not the crucial tenets of syrah pleasure. Though it creeps with sweetness and is not exacted with the longest finish it is certainly so amenable. Drink 2016-2019. Tasted blind at NWAC16, June 2016. 88 points


2013 TempranilloNational Wine Awards of Canada

Aggregate final score from judges at the 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada. Tasted blind June 2016. 87 points

2016 All Canadian Wine Championships

Double Gold – 2013 Syrah

Gold – 2013 Tempranillo

Gold – 2015 Tragically Vidal

Silver – 2014 Renaissance Pinot Noir

Bronze – 2015 Sauvignon Blanc