On Old West Saanich Road near Victoria on Vancouver Island you will find, with a little luck Dragon Hills Vineyard. It is located on a narrow winding very narrow country road. With the planting of vines in 1993, Dragonfly Hill was transformed into the first commercial vineyard in Saanich. Named for the many colorful dragonflies that thrive in the area, Dragonfly Hill has some of the oldest vines on Vancouver Island, including Ortega, Pinot Auxerrois, Schoenberger and Labelle.
Carol Wallace is the owner and winemaker ( consultant is Paul Troop). She produces white wines from estate and other Vancouver Island grapes, a Merlot Cabernet blend from a vineyard in Oliver, as well as her Bumbleberry dessert style. My wife and I dropped by the winery, picking a day it was closed, a few years ago. Carol was in a meeting but came out to say hello. I manged to snag a few bottles of wine along with her Bumbleberry wine.
We took the wines home placing the Bumbleberry under the stairs year it stayed for a couple of years. Now Bumbleberry is not the name of a berry. It refers to any wine ( originally pie) that has three or more berries in it. I do no know how many berries were used in the 2011 wine that we had but here is what the winery says about the 2012.
100% locally grown with 10 kinds of berries and fruit from the Saanich Peninsula. Bumbleberry is slightly dry and grasps you with its delicate flavours of blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, black currant; with additional infusions of strawberry, rhubarb, and Japanese plum
In July of this year 2015 I decided to bring out the wine at a gathering of friends to see how they liked the wine. Been eight of us there was only enough wine for a tasting. How ever the number one comment received on on the wine More Please.
Here are my thoughts on the wine:
A surprising delicious wine full of flavour. flavours of blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, black currant; with additional infusions of strawberry, rhubarb, and Japanese plum.. 92