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Unsworth Vineyards

2020 Wild Island Auxerrois

2020 Wild Island Auxerrois

What began as a collaboration with Olo Restaurant in Victoria took on a life of its own, giving winemaker, Dan Wright, a chance to play around in the winery under the label "Wild Island."


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SKU: 2020 Wild Island Auxerrois
Wine Specs
Cowichan Valley VQA GI
Vineyard Designation
Zanatta Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 4, 2020
Fermented and aged for 8 months in neutral French oak
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Tasting Notes
Ripe melon and windfall yellow apples fill the bouquet on the nose. On the palate this wine is dry with medium body supported by soft acidity and notes of cantaloupe, lilies and yellow apple.
Vineyard Notes
Zanatta was the first vineyard planted on Vancouver Island. The Auxerrois used for this wine was planted in the early 1990's and has become one of our favorite small production wines. The soils of Zanatta are a free draining sorted glacial till, meaning they don't hold water so the roots go deep, combine this with a terrific South facing gentle slope and it makes for very interesting wine.
Production Notes
With only a few barrels made, this is one of our smallest SKUs. This is a wine where our winemaking team feel uninhibited to create a wine outside of Unsworth's usual style. This particular wine underwent fermentation with solely ambient yeasts and was only treated with sulphur from that point on.
Food Pairing Notes
Auxerrois shows a little softer around the edges compared with most whites from Vancouver Island, it is fantastic with oily fish like mackerel, and smoked stugeron. If you like Chèvre or Fontina, you are in luck with this choice!
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