A varietal with a long and noble pedigree, we are absolutely delighted to produce our first vintage of Riesling, a deliciously refreshing and gorgeously aromatic wine. The aromas of the 2015 Riesling are like fruit salad in a glass with a citrus and honeysuckle nose, tempered by an underlying minerality. The lip smacking palate has just a hint of sweetness with juicy Key Lime, Meyer Lemon, and apricot notes. A mouth-watering wine with a tart/sweet yin and yang, makes this perfect to pair with fresh shellfish, try Dungeness crab cakes or Pacific halibut in a lemon butter sauce, or enjoy with a soft creamy cheese.
A single vineyard wine with grapes sourced from Mark Antonello Fool’s Gold Estate in North Oliver. It was planted by his father-in-law, Richard Cleave, the Okanagan’s most renowned viticulturist. The vineyard is nicely sloped to the west to take full advantage of afternoon sun. Formerly an orchard, the soil is sandy clay loam with a lot of rocks and gravel, providing excellent drainage. The vines are Riesling clone 21B, originating from the Weis family vineyards in Mosel, which is acclaimed for displaying racy acidity, abundant peach and citrus fruit, plus minerality. Our Riesling was pressed and cold settled before fermenting in stainless steel vats at temperatures of 12-14°C to retain all of the bright fruit flavour. A dry wine, it is balanced with enough sweetness to counter balance the fresh acidity.
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 superb harvest for the record books, was finished at our earliest date ever, October 8.