Ottawa, ON

June 2017


Matt’s review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery is quickly becoming recognized as one of Canada’s leading wineries, producing world-class Chardonnay and Merlot from their Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC winery. 2014 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay is a gorgeous expression of Okanagan Chardonnay from five of their estate vineyards between Black Sage Bench, Golden Mile Bench, and Osoyoos East Bench. Richly coloured, this unfiltered and unfined wine showcases the purest expression of southern Okanagan Valley fruit. The nose displays a beautiful bouquet of grilled pineapple, Meyer Lemon and lime parfait, brioche, sea breeze salinity, and delicate spice. The body is creamy, refreshing, and luscious with expressive tropical fruit balanced with minerality and baked bread flavours that persist on the finish. An incredibly smooth and layered wine with an exceptionally long textured finish. Enjoy over the next decade and beyond. Tasted May 2017. 93+ points. Matt Steeves –


Available winery direct – $80