Marcus and Rachel Ansems have both been in the wine industry for over 15 years. Rachel comes from a wine business background in Niagara, Ontario, where she and Marcus first met. Rachel holds WSET certification and has worked in the wine industry in a variety of roles both at home and internationally.
About the Wines
Naramata is a vibrant wine-making community where the climate lends itself to versatility, great for moderate ripening varieties with consistent lively acid. Fundamentally, Daydreamer farms organically because they live at the home vineyard site where their children play. The Okanagan Valley is also one of the few wine regions in the world that are conducive to growing organically, based on low humidity and disease pressure.
Selected Wines for Rust Wine Co.
Marcus Ansems Rachel’s Viognier 2016 | Daydreamer Wines | $30.00
Tasting Notes | White peach, jasmine, lemon curd, and wet stones on the nose. The crisp palate has depth and richness with refreshing acidity and length. Look for notes of citrus, dried stone fruit, brioche, and hazelnut.
Pairing | Seared scallop with fennel.
Drinking Recommendations | Enjoy now or cellar 4-6 years.
Why We Chose It | Marcus has worked in Condrieu in France, the birthplace of Viognier, and has a similar climate to Naramata. Viognier grapes have a tendency of high alcohol naturally, however, this wine shows a cool elegance and this goes back to skill and experience in the winery.
Cases Produced | 138
Alc. 13% | TA 6.6 | RS 1.3 |
Daydreamer Riesling 2017 | Daydreamer Wines | $25.00
Tasting Notes | An elegant nose of green apple, lemon-lime and honey. The palate is dry with juicy acidity and refreshing flavours of melon, wet stone and a hint of petrol.
Pairing | A perfect aperitif.
Drinking Recommendations | Enjoy now or cellar for 4-6 years.
Why We Chose It | This single vineyard Riesling is refreshing, lively and ageable.
Cases Produced | 300
Alc. 12% | TA 9.9 | RS 9.0 |
Daydreamer Amelia 2017 | Daydreamer Wines | $35.00
Tasting Notes | An intensely aromatic nose of stewed black cherry, violet, smoked crisp bacon, and fresh black pepper. This stunning wine has a full, silky mouthfeel with bright acidity and a long finish with flavours of blackberry, poached apricot, and spice.
Pairing | Pulled pork on brioche.
Drinking Recommendations | Decant for 30 mins and enjoy or cellar for 4-6 years.
Why We Chose It | This Syrah is co-fermented with a 10% Viognier for lifted aromatics and a soft mouthfeel. It is reminiscent of a Rhone Syrah, where Marcus has also worked. Amelia is a co-fermentation of Naramata Viognier and Golden Mile Syrah. It’s aged for about 11 months in mostly older French oak.
Cases Produced | 322
Alc. 13.5% | TA 6.2 | RS 1.5 |
Daydreamer Jasper 2016 | Daydreamer Wines | $30.00
Tasting Notes |Dusty blackcurrant, mint and dark spices on the nose. This blend is full-bodied with firm, chocolatey tannins and tastes like pomegranate, eucalyptus, juicy blueberry and cinnamon with a long finish.
Pairing | Beef short ribs.
Drinking Recommendations | Decant for 30 minutes and enjoy or cellar for 5-7 years. This will develop beautifully in the bottle.
Why We Chose It | Jasper is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that is fermented predominantly in newer French oak and in barrel for around about 18-20 months. This is a full-bodied and satisfying blend that is perfect for cooler weather.
Cases Produced | 300
Alc. 14% | TA 6.8 | RS 1.4 |