|Drinking Start Year||2014|
|Drinking End Year||2018|
Vibrant yellow and straw in colour, this wine offers a complex aromas of lemon crème, acacia flowers, nectarine, green apple, vanilla and toast, stone fruit and minerals. One the palate, the flavours are framed in a smooth creamy mouth feel that is rich and fat. Additional flavours of yeast, honey and lanolin can be found along with notes of smokey oak and peppery spice.
The 2012 growing season was a tale with two parts. Up until the second half of July, the weather was very cool and extremely wet. The spring was one of the wettest in 100 years. From the middle of July until harvest, the weather turned very warm and dry, virtually perfect weather for ripening grapes. As long as crop loads were held in check, all grapes were able to ripen perfectly with intense flavours.
The grapes for this wine were picked from the Bella and Second Chapter vineyards within the Okanagan Valley in late October 2012. The fruit was hand picked, hand sorted, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented slowly at cooler temperatures to ensure maximum retention of delicate aromatics. When the fermentation was about 80% complete, the wine was transferred to a mixture of French oak and acacia barrels and allowed to warm up and complete fermentation. The lees were stirred regularly for 6 months to build body and texture in the wine.