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Old Vines Riesling, 2016

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2016 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 11.5% ALC/VOL

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BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Winemaker Notes

Old Vines Riesling: the jewel; our flagship. Not released until 2 years in the bottle has past. Most years, harvested at 20.5 to 21.5 brix and 10 g/L acidity. Fruit hand-harvested cool in late-fall, then bunch sorted and de-stemmed with a 4-6 hour cold soak before gentle pressing. Slightly settled juice is fermented cool with non-aromatic and wild yeast in stainless steel to desired dryness when fermentation is halted.

Vineyard Notes

The dominant soil feature is deep, mineralogical clay with properties of ultrafine limestone particles high in calcium (rated 2/3 & 3/3 by Herody), high in minerals and low to moderate in nitrogen. This highly sought-after soil-type is ideal for terroir driven Riesling and Pinot Noir, providing balanced mineral nutrition but requiring enriched levels of organic matter for optimal vine growth and grape berry nutrition for winemaking. These soils are also delicate so poor farming practices create hardpans. Other famous regions with comparable cool climate and this soil type, such as Burgundy have proven that vines, grown organically express the terroir most typically. Deep rooted vines can find their own water and nutrients for much of the season minimizing irrigation demands.

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The 2016 vintage was featured in November's Wine Club package, 2021.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Residual Sugar: 10.4 g/L
Cases Produced: 200


Appearance: Clear, bright. Pale straw colour.
Nose: Tropical fruit, peach, green apple, lime, white floral note.
Palate: Medium acid, medium body. Lime, pineapple, stone fruit, green apple. Hints of minerality. Well balanced.
Quality: Outstanding. 90 points.


Food Pairing: Sriracha shredded-chicken wraps, cauliflower and pea masala, mussels in white wine sauce, pita tostadas with butternut squash, and sweet potato carbonara with kale.