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Small Lots Viognier, 2020

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2020 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.9% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 91 pts


Take the time to stop and smell the 'Viognier'; a beautiful aromatic wine showing notes of ripe peach, yellow apple, spring blossoms and honeysuckle. This dry-ish, medium-bodied Viognier has a slightly rich mouthfeel and flavours of peach and tropical fruit, along with floral notes. Sweet citrus, gooseberry, and a touch of floral and white cranberry linger on the finish.

Serve chilled at 11 to 13ºC and enjoy with lightly spiced pan-fried fish fillets; roast chicken; baked ham; lightly spiced stir-fries over Jasmine rice; spiced fish cakes; pan-seared scallops; coconut shrimp skewers; mild curry dishes; Tandoori turkey rolls.

Residual Sugar: 7.2 g/L


The months of May and June experienced cool, wet conditions which slowed growth, disrupting some spring bud development thereby reducing crop load in the vineyards. Summer began with a bang and from early July through August there was consistent sunshine, high heat units and timely rains.  A very warm September provided the perfect conditions for any lagging maturity resulting from the slow spring start. The great weather continued into October, extending hang time for some varietals that needed that extra push. Overall, it was a great growing season with healthy canopies, the ability for the vines to respond to the weather, and fewer periods of shut down due to extreme heat, therefore allowing grape maturity to continue on an even and steady rate with optimum conditions. [The Osoyoos region saw 1616 GDD].


Hand-harvested from older, low yielding vines in the Osprey Ridge Vineyard in the Okanagan Valley. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and cold settled for clean fruit expression, then cool stainless steel fermented and aged.


Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
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The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in November's Wine Club package, 2022.

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Osprey Ridge Vineyard
Residual Sugar: 7.2 g/L
Cases Produced: 317

Appearance: Pale straw in colour.
Nose: Peachy, honeysuckle nose with a thread of minerality.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, peach, red apple, and citrus flavours. Beautifully balanced, lovely creamy mouth-feel.
Quality: 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Drink now and through 2023.

Food Pairing: Creamy asparagus penne, Thai chicken coconut curry, pan-fried salmon with lemon-garlic butter, cheesy oven-baked potato casserole, and pork tenderloin served with grilled vegetables and balsamic drizzle.