A vintage to celebrate, the 2014 growing season in the Okanagan Valley was fantastic. An early spring start and timely precipitation through June provided the necessities for good vine growth. July and August were very sunny and hot leading to excellent sugar development within the grapesand earlier than normal ripening. September was also warm and sunny with cool nights allowing for continued ripening. October was cooler with some precipitation that permitted extended “hang time” to ensure proper phenolic ripeness without excessive brix levels.
Sometimes the difference between clones in grapes is hardly worth mentioning. But in this case and many others, it makes a significant impact on the end result. This delightful wine is crafted partly from Chardonnay clone 76 which imparts a hint of tropical influence with mango, passionfruit and coconut characteristics and partly from Clone 96, which contributes sweet citrus flavours and fragrant fruit aromas. Entirely fermented in stainless steel ensures these fresh fruit characteristics were maintained, with no malolactic fermentation needed. Partial wild ferment adds a layer of complexity to the nose and palate.
This vintage has aromas of Gala apple and Bosc pear with a hint of citrus.
The palate is dry with pineapple and citrus flavours and a crisp, refreshing finish.
Delicious at brunch, or enjoy as an apéritif we also suggest paring with creamy pastas, barbecued lemon Wild BC Spot Prawns, or grilled citrus chicken.