Old Vines Riesling
Our Old Vines Riesling is made for those seeking a wine with elegance and a sense of place.
Made exclusively from a single block of our 1978 Riesling plantings, its purity conveys all that is special about our historic, old vineyard – coupled with our team’s constant pursuit to craft world class wines.
Pale lemon in colour, the nose is brimming with a myriad of fresh citrus, bergamot flower and pine. Rich tropical notes of pineapple and guava are also present – a result of a warm growing season.
The palate is bright and intense with racy lemon zest and mandarin. Apple, passionfruit pulp and mango charm through the mid-palate before a brilliant acidity emerges and stretches the wine into a magnificently long finish. Cellared for two years before its release, this Riesling showcases the classic minerality and texture we see from this site each year.
Block 5 sits on a north/south slope of deep, silty soils. This 2 acre block is bordered by mature Ponderosa Pine forest on its western edge providing relief from the intense summer heat in the late afternoon and early evenings. The dappled sunshine allows the fruit to still ripen beautifully while maintaining the intense Riesling acidity that has become a hallmark of this block.
Harvested from a handful of rows on October 8th, the wine was inoculated after a short settling period and subsequent racking of the juice. It was then fermented to almost dry just leaving over 8 grams of sugar to thoughtfully balance the high-toned, mineral-laden acidity.
The 2014 growing season has been classified as one of the warmest on record. Interestingly enough, it produced an outcome that most of us don’t normally associate with hot weather – a slowing of the grape ripening process. This happens when daytime temperatures rise above 35C. The vines shift into a protective mode and go dormant.
A chilly September finished out the ripening phase in a truly, cool season fashion. As a result, the wines from this vintage are decidedly bright and complex.
Like all of our wines, this Pinot Noir was grown and produced at our historic, 75-acre estate in South East Kelowna. We continue to farm as sustainably as possible without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
- 94 POINTS – “The ‘joke’ is, Okanagan Valley in Canada is the ‘new world Alsace’. It’s a contender these days, at least. A wine region on the rise, vine age, good grape varieties, big international input from winemakers (Aussie and Kiwi accents are rife!). Indeed David Paterson is winemaker, ex-New Zealand, but via Henschke… It holds 9 grams of residual sugar, and for numbers geeks, 10.7 grams of acidity at pH of 2.75…Wild. Lemon, custard, sweet spice, lemon curd, sweet scents. Palate is really zingy, electric, bristles with insane, sherbetty, tangy, just-ripe lemony tang. Whoo! Mouth puckering chalky/slate-like mineral finish. Intense! But kinda awesome too. Ultra refreshing.” Mike Bennie, JULY 2016, WineFront.com.au
- 94 POINTS – “Here is a riesling of power, persistence and personality, made from very old 21B clone vines planted in 1978 on a bench in east Kelowna. Winemaker David Paterson says it’s the best he has made and its hard to disagree. The nose is terrific, bristling with citrus (tangerine/grapefruit), pear, herbs and spice. It’s big, firm and powerful (13%) with palate flesh yet riveting acidity and a finish that redolent of wet stone. The length is outstanding. Some may prefer more silky, subtle riesling but this is stunning stuff. It should age decades. Release spring 2016. Tasted February 2016.” David Lawrason, FEBRUARY 2016, WineAlign.com
- 92 POINTS – “This remains one of BC’s cult rieslings year in and out, with heady local and international acclaim (including Jancis Robinson). The Old Vines Riesling is from 1978 estate heritage blocks, farmed sustainably and cropped low, able to take the challenges of the 2013 vintage in stride. Lime pith, green apple and subtle eraser aromas concentrate on the focused palate, one driven by taut acidity and layered with potent lemongrass, wild herbs, citrus pith and river stone minerality. A chalky grip gives savoury structure, while ringing and juicy high acidity brings joy. White grapefruit lingers on the lengthy, dry finish. This is a wine built for age, be patient and try at five year intervals through 2030.” Treve Ring, MARCH 2016, GismondiOnWine.com
- 93 POINTS – “A stunning BC Riesling with concentrated flavours of lime blossom, lemongrass and wet stone. Racy acidity and minerality for seafood and shellfish. Highly recommended.” Natalie MacLean, MARCH 2016, NatalieMcLean.com
- 93 POINTS – “The wine has begun to develop the classic petrol aroma of Riesling, along with notes of lime. On the palate, there are flavours of lime and grapefruit around a firm spine of minerality. The wine has good weight and a very long and profound finish.” John Schreiner, APRIL 2016 John Schreiner on Wine
- 92 POINTS – “This is big, powerful riesling from a great B.C. producer. Bracing acidity underscores delectable lime and grapefruit flavours along with notes of spring flowers and crisp peach. Fans of classic Mosel riesling will by impressed by the chalky, wet-stone character, too. Worth cellaring for five years at least (more if you like fine older whites) to build complexity. Great for shellfish, young cheeses or as an apéritif.” Beppi Crosariol, MAY 2016, The Globe and Mail
- 91 POINTS – “An intense ripe nose with ripe peach, apple, lime and mineral notes and some exotic citrus zest notes. The palate is slightly off-dry with crisp zingy acidity and plenty of powerful lime, lemon, green apple and stone fruit. Great length and should age very well. Excellent example of BC Riesling. (Tasted Apr 2016) Rhys Pender, MW, APRIL 2016, WineAlign.com