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Viognier is one of the grape varieties that we are working with at our Perfect Hedge Vineyard in Osoyoos. An hour south of the Naramata Bench winery site, this vineyard is hotter and provides the extra heat units that Viognier requires to ripen fully. Viognier is a unique white varietal combining the weightiness on the palate of Chardonnay and the amazing floral aromatics of Gewürztraminer. This pale straw hued wine has the floral nose of the Mock Orange that blooms wild each spring in the south Okanagan. A luscious, full mouthfeel and nice acidity create a delicious balance between refreshing and opulent. Honey, clove and blossom notes prevail on the smooth lengthy finish.
Winemaking Notes: In 2014, we selectively picked the 100% estate grapes from our Perfect Hedge vineyard in Osoyoos on two separate dates a week apart. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in 40% stainless, 40% French oak and 20% concrete eggs. Then aged in a combination of oak, stainless steel and concrete to add complexity to the wine. Our winemaking team has been using concrete eggs since 2011. Concrete fermenters are slightly porous thus allowing the wine to breathe without imparting any flavors. The egg shape brings some unique properties to the fermentation process by keeping the lees in a constant state of movement.
Vintage Notes: Simply put, the 2014 growing year was HOT. For grape growing, that translates to a quality vintage year. Even with the typical June rains, the season was above average for temperatures and the early spring really created a long growing season. While we anticipated an early harvest, we did get a nice pause with warm days and cool nights typical of the Okanagan Valley. This allowed flavours to develop and catch up with the sugar development and still retain fresh acidity for balanced whites. Definitely a stunning vintage.
Awards & Ratings
MWC 2015-07-13Wine Expert and Sommelier Michelle Bouffard pairs this wine with red meat on the MWC Wine Blog: "Rich with pronounced aromas of peach and nectarine, this wine is delicious with grilled magret... More
MWCWine Expert and Sommelier Michelle Bouffard pairs this wine with red meat on the MWC Wine Blog: "Rich with pronounced aromas of peach and nectarine, this wine is delicious with grilled magret de canard." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/pair-white-wine-red-meat/