The first ever white Estate Reserve from Clos du Soleil, this wine is a true “vin de terroir” - a wine which speaks directly of that very special small patch of stony soil on which it was grown.
The winemaking process for this wine was entirely about letting the special terroir from which this fruit hails shine through. As such, it was barrel fermented with only spontaneous, wild yeast and with a long, slow fermentation that lasted almost 7 weeks, maximizing complexity in this wine. It was subsequently aged in barrel for 6 months sur lie, undergoing malolactic fermentation with occasional lees stirring. The wine was bottled entirely unfiltered and unfined. The result is a unique and pure expression of stony Similkameen soil.
On the nose the wine is a dense assemblage of lime peel, wet stone, and grapefruit aromas. It is precise and piercing.
On the palate the wines opens up more broadly: bone dry, and yet rich with grapefruit, green apple, and lime juice, with a vibrant mineral streak and a long, lingering finish. The firm structure will allow this to age for years. This elegant wine is the definition of the wind-swept and stony Similkameen Valley.