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This Pinot Blanc, one of Clos du Soleil’s acclaimed “Grower’s Series,” hails from a vineyard on the Middle Bench Road in Keremeos.
Nose: On the nose the wine is rich in the aromas of sun-ripened Anjou pears, nectarines, and wildflowers.
Mouth: The palate is perfectly-blanaced with lush flavours of fresh pear, baked pear tart, some clean citrus notes, and a soft lingering finish.
Recommended food pairings: Perfectly encapsulating the flavours of a sun-dappled Similkameen orchard, this is a perfect wine for pairing with grilled fish, pastas with olive oil and fresh vegetables, or just a lazy summer afternoon.
Awards & Ratings
- John Schreiner
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Silver Medal
"From the Clos du Soleil Grower's Series collection this pinot blanc comes from the Middle Bench Vineyard in Keremeos. Perfumed orchard fruits greet immediately on the nose - pear, yellow apples, white peach - and a top note of stone and wildflowers. These notes carry onto the bright palate, where subtle honey, lightly creamy lees and ample fine stony spice comes into play. Lovely, stone-driven, elegant and bright example of what pinot blanc, handled well, can achieve. Halibut would be a great choice here. Tasted September 2015." 89 Points
- Treve Ring
This was a featured wine from November's wine club.
Name: 2014 Grower’s Series Pinot Blanc
Winery: Clos du Soleil
Geographical Indication: Similkameen Valley, B.C.
Variety: Pinot Blanc
Vineyard: Middle Bench Vineyard
Cases Produced: 479
Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with light viscosity.
Nose: Clean with subtle lemon and Granny Smith apple notes.
Palate: Bright lemon, lime and grapefruit notes, with elements of red apple skin, mineral and high acidity.
Quality: Excellent quality Pinot Blanc, expressive of limestone-rich soils, bright acidity and purity of fruit.
Food pairings: Dungeness crab, sushi, grilled chicken Caesar salad, quiche, sautéed scallops.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
There are only 269 acres of Pinot Blanc planted in British Columbia. To add some context – Pinot Gris plantings are currently over the 1,100 acre mark. This Pinot Blanc from Clos du Soleil makes one wonder why we don’t see more of the variety in British Columbia. Bright and charming, this wine does a fantastic job of conveying the Similkameen Valley’s terroir. A good dose of minerality is evident from the first sip, echoed by waves of citrus fruit natural acidity. Definitely a ‘more-ish’ wine; that juicy acidity is mouthwatering and so fresh, repeated sipping is an absolute pleasure. Perfect for patios on sunny days, picnics, or even rainy days that need a little brightening up.
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight