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  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal

Viognier, 2017

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2017 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.3% ALC/VOL

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Critic's Rating84 pts


Extensive work was done in the vineyard to make this wine. All the vines were shoot thinned and fruit thinned to one cluster per shoot. The vines were also leaf thinned and the grapes were handpicked. The grapes for this wine were sourced from our home vineyard, and our neighbouring Hermitage vineyard.

At the winery, the grapes were whole cluster pressed and juice was cold settled for three days before being racked off solids. The juice was then racked to barrel for fermentation. The fermentation was carried out at 14-16 degrees celsius, and took 14 days to complete. The barrel fermented wine was aged on lees for 8 months with extensive lees stirring. Malo-lactic fermentation was not performed.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose this wine has aromas of orange blossom, mandarin, apricot, which, continues on the palate, with flavours of vanilla, and spice. This wine was 100% barrel fermented in a combination of French Oak, Acacia and stainless steel barrels. Aging on lees for 8 months, lends to a rich smooth finish.

Harvest Date: Oct 11 & 13, 2017 pH: 3.20 TA: 7.95 g/L Res. Sugar: 4.9 g/L Alcohol: 13.3% Case Production: 314 cases

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

84 pts

Tightrope Winery Viognier 2017 Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada This wine is sourced from the Naramata Bench. An incredibly reductive nose needs a lot of time to blow off. Once it does, there is some lovely stone fruit and a touch of oak, from ageing in a combination of French oak, acacia, and stainless steel barrels for eight months. You’d almost think this was chardonnay instead of viognier, with its linear texture and tart acidity. Maybe just a notch underripe in 2017.


  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Bronze Medal


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