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Vivace Pinot Grigio, 2015

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2015 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 12.8% ALC/VOL

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Pinot Gris

Critic's Rating90 pts


Winemaker's Notes
We celebrate the fact that we make wine in a region where vintage variations play an important role. A typical growing seasons are a nightmare for commercial wineries interested in making consistent but boring wines. For us however it defines our interest in wine. We look forward to seeing what Mother Nature gives us to work with each year. It is the effects of each vintage on the finished wine that urges us to start verticals of our favorite wines then follow their evolution and discuss their merits at tastings with friends.

Our 2015 Pinot Grigio hails from a warm growing season, but early picking and selection from cooler micro cliamtes has given us a wine that is lively and chiseled. Vivace greets you on the nose with a very expressive note of Asian pear, desert vegetation (sage) and lime zest. The palate is packed with fruit cocktail flavours that enter the mouth in a juicy and round fashion before they blossom into bright citrus and tart apple notes. The long finish carries on with intense citrus rind notes. A grigio on steroids.

Food Pairing
The abundance of fruity flavors and round palate allows this wine to complement richer sauces and textures in food. Seared west coast halibut drizzled with a lemon thyme brown butter sauce or crispy skin organic chicken with roasted garlic pan drippings will bring a new expression to the fruit.

Technical Data
Region: 36% Similkammen valley, 35.4% Oliver, 18.7% West kelowna, 10% Naramata bench
Production: 1,240 cases
Aging: 100% Stainless steel tank for 1 month on the fine lees

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

90 pts

This is Pinot Gris but made in the light fruity style of Pinot Grigio, with just 12.8% alcohol. To preserve purity and freshness, the juice was not left in contact with the skins; nor did it sit on the lees. It has notes of lemon on the nose and on the palate and finish with crisp, tangy citrus flavours.

- John Schreiner

Connoisseur Note(s):

"Vivace ’15 shines like light and bright hay in the glass. A honeydew, pears and grapefruit nose lead to citrus dominance on the palate. Crisp acidity tips the scales gracefully, tempering the fruit. Vivace is the bloom of spring in every sip." Timo |

"Always a clean and crisp expression of the Pinot Gris grape, the 2015 Vivace is a tad dryer than recent vintages of the fan-favourite, Pinot Grigio styled wine. Look for more prominent stone fruit and mineral notes this year on the subtle nose and medium-bodied palate with apple, pear, lime rind, herbs, lees and melon notes rounding out the profile. The finish is long and refreshing. Enjoy this wine in its youth and serve with light seafood dishes." Liam Carrier |

"The warm generosity of the vintage is felt in the 2015 Vivace. Asian pear, yellow apple, cantaloupe, and light herbs float on a loose palate, cushioned at the bottom by green fig and lees, and tightened ever so slightly with a gentle tug of citrus pith. A plumper Vivace, suited to fruited halibut or rich crab cakes." 89 points - Treve Ring


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