December 1, 2021
[Penticton, BC] In 2017, the McWatters family was opening TIME Family of Wines in downtown Penticton.
Along with the bustle of launching a new business, the family was set for their first crush at the new winery, as well as celebrating a historic milestone. The late Harry McWatters, the industry pioneer would celebrate his 50th vintage. This milestone vintage would also see one of Harry’s last projects; the production of a traditional method sparkling wine; McWatters Collection Brut.
Just in time for the holiday, the McWatters Collection Brut is available online at timewines.ca and Save-On- Foods stores across the province with a suggested retail price of $64.99.
Those who knew Harry, knew of his love for sparkling wine. When Harry opened British Columbia’s first Estate Winery, Sumac Ridge, in 1980, it became the first winery in the province to make a traditional method sparkling wine, Steller’s Jay. To this day this sparkling wine remains one of the most iconic BC wines. With the creation of the McWatters Collection’s Brut, Harry’s uncompromising pursuit of excellence in crafting evocative wines motivated the winemaking team; extending the tradition he helped pioneer.
The 2017 McWatters Collection Brut was made in Methode Traditionelle and is a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Blanc, sourced from three of the premium vineyards throughout the Okanagan. After secondary fermentation, the wine was left to rest on its lees for 42 months, making it a truly exceptional sparkling. The end result is an exceptional sparkling wine with compact bubbles that impart a lively character to the rich, creamy texture. The bouquet is complex, layered with notes of citrus and pineapple, followed by a crisp finish. While Harry, unfortunately, will not have the chance to enjoy one of his last creations, we believe this wine encompasses all he truly loved about winemaking: a sense of time and place and the power of bringing people together. This was a sparkling project that involved the collaboration of many talented wine professionals who cared for the wine from the crushing of the grapes and all stages until this special release.
“I wish my dad was here to celebrate this moment with us,” says Christa-Lee McWatters, general manager at TIME Family of Wines. “I’m sure he would be proud to know one of his last wines turned out to be truly
remarkable like he was. We will continue to carry on the priceless legacy he left behind. Today I raise a glass to him, for all his love for our family and for this industry.”