Kalala Estate Winery

In an quiet corner of the Okanagan Valley above the town of Westbank is a quaint winery called Kalala Estate Winery.   The small winery was founded by Karnail Singh Sidhu.  Karnail is a hard working, intelligent man (and a sly joker too), who, after ten years of managing vineyards in the Okanagan began his own endeavor.  After just a short time in business the winery has celebrated many awards, including Chardonnay du Monde for the a double barrel aged chardonnay icewine.  Most recently the the company celebrated it’s third anniversary in June 2011.

The entrance to Kalala Estate Winery.

“Kalala” means place of miracles.  It is a lengend from Karnail’s home in India.  The story says that a shepherd was walking through a meadow when he came across a lamb and a wolf living together in harmony.  The shepherd declared the meadow as a place of miracles and as a result, the neighbouring village moved to this special place.  Karnail has applied this essence of this legend as the vision for Kalala Estate Winery “in pursuit of harmony”.

Following organic practices in the vineyard and winemaking, the winery produces a range of styles that suit all budgets.  Here are my notes on five of the wines:

2009 Kalala Pinot Gris
Medium lemon colour with viscous tears.  On the nose there is a fresh burst of stone fruits, white peaches, honey, pears, yellow apples and strawberries.  Off dry on the palate, with medium acidity.  High alcohol.  Round and full bodied.  Great intensity of fresh fruit flavours.  Extended length.  A great wine with dim sum.

2009 Kalala Riesling
Clear, medium lemon colour.  Youthful aromas of lime, white flowers, pears, wax, peaches, wild honey and kiwi fruit.  The palate is appropriately off dry balancing the intense mouth feel of high acidity, alcohol and body.  The flavours are juicy, apricots, blossoms, pears, spice and wax.  A lingering finish.

2009 Kalala Gewürztraminer
Medium gold colour with hints of copper.  Slow, thick tears. Explosion  of expressive aromas.  Perfume, orange and lemon rind, passion fruit and babies breath.  Slightly off dry.  Generous alcohol.  Medium acidity.  Thick viscosity.  Lingering flavours of spice and tropical fruits.  Because this wine is youthful and sealed under screw cap it is a little tight at first. I highly recommend decanting it.  Decanting turns up the volume on the flavours.  When I tasted this wine a day later it blew me away.

2008 Kalala Pinot Noir
Light ruby colour with garnet highlights.  On the nose youthful aromas of cherry, sun dried strawberries, black tea, raspberry jam and orange zest.  The palate is dry with  medium plus acidity.  The tannins are low, but gritty.  Medium bodied with great flavour intensity.  Exhibiting red currants, tea leaves, sour cherry, toast and baking spices.  A very long length.  A serious wine that can cellar up to five years.

2009 Kalala Cuvee Noir 
Medium ruby colour with thick slow tears.  Expressive aromas of plum, blueberry pie filling, tar, charcoal and bay leaf.  Slightly sweet and easy to drink (no strong tannin or acid).  More fruit forward flavours of plum, blueberry and sour raspberry.  A quick finish.  Try serving this wine lightly chilled on a hot summers day.

For more information on Kalala Estate Winery visit the website.


About allisonvidug

Allison has been professionally passionate about wine and food for eight years. In that short time, Allison has traveled across Canada to work at some of the finest establishments focussed on premium wine, food and service. Her travels and education has allowed Allison the pleasure to live in some of Canada’s most beautiful locations such as the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands, Toronto, Lake Louise and Muskoka. Some of Allison's favourite things include; wine, gin, whisky, cheese, mushrooms, cooking, hosting, growing vegetables, cottaging and dogs. Allison has seriously invested in her education of food and drink. She is a graduate of the Food and Beverage Management Diploma Program at George Brown College. She also holds a Diploma in Viticulture and Winery Management from Niagara College. Allison has fine tuned her wine and spirit sensory skills by completing certificates with the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Allison is currently completing here WSET Diploma, one of the highest levels of wine education.
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One Response to Kalala Estate Winery

  1. Kirpal Singh says:

    Karnail Singh Sidhu was my classmate at Ludhiana. He was very positive in life during his study time. I always seen a bright light on his face. I hope he will rise further.

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