2016 Old Vines Riesling Brut

Our Old Vines Riesling Brut was crafted from a handful of rows in a single block of our 1978 heritage plantings.

This wine is as distinct as our site and with only 100 cases made it’s poised for special celebrations and those seeking something very unique from BC.

Pale straw in colour and with a delicate bead and mousse, this wonderfully effervescent wine bursts with aromas of new season apricots, preserved lemons, celery salt and sweet blood orange. A hint of white flowers and fresh baked bread lingers in the background. The palate is lean and focused but is bolstered by great texture - a result of two years spent on secondary fermentation lees.

Notes of limoncello, ginger-lime spiced tea, apple skin and kiwi abound. The wine carries the signature tension and energy found in our low-yielding, “Block 5” plantings. We see this sparkling ageing beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.

Block 5 sits on a north slope of deep, silty soils. This 2 acre block is bordered by a mature Ponderosa pine forest on its western edge - which offers dappled late afternoon and evening sun exposure. The fruit's pristine acidity is preserved as a result of these gentle, slow ripening conditions.

Following primary fermentation, the base wine for this sparkling was put to bottle and left en tirage for 2 years to quietly undergo its secondary fermentation. Once ready the wine was awoken from its slumber and disgorged in late winter 2019 with a light dosage from our Old Vines Riesling.
 

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.
 
Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.