Sauvignon Blanc 2015Tasting Notes A grape with a zesty attitude, we are simply wild for this “wild white”, that originates from Bordeaux. This vintage exhibits energizing aromas of passion fruit, gooseberry and fresh squeezed citrus. A roundness on the palate shows summer fruit flavours of stone fruit and succulent citrus, finishing with a refreshing crispness. A clean, invigorating wine that is fantastic on its own or enjoyed with summer salads, creamy chèvre or fresh fish — we like Pacific Halibut with Grapefruit Beurre Blanc.
The 2015 season in the Okanagan Valley can be summed up in one word — fantastic. An early spring start provided the necessities for superior vine growth. July and August were very sunny and hot leading to good sugar development within the grapes and much earlier ripening than normal. We began our earliest harvest on record, on August 22, and by the end of September completed the bulk of our grape picking. September was similarly, warm and sunny with slightly cooler nights allowing for continued phenolic ripening. A harvest for the record books, was finished at our earliest date ever, October 8
This 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine was fermented at slightly warmer temperatures of 16-18°C with just over 10% of the blend barrel fermented. The warmer fermentation temperature helps develop roundness on the palate. The small percent that was done in barrel (with lees stirring), also contributes to the full mouthfeel, nicely balancing the wine’s crisp acidity. Only neutral French oak barrels were used to ensure no “oak” is perceptible on the nose, just exuberant fresh fruit