2018 Blanc de Blancs

Our vineyard site has long produced fine bubbly - hearkening back to the Pioneer Vineyard days with the Dulik family, with some of the original clonal selections chosen for their makeup to produce great sparkling wine.

We are immensely proud to carry on this tradition and in doing so help further the evolution of quality, traditional method sparklings from the Okanagan Valley.

A brilliant lemon yellow in colour, our 100% Chardonnay, Blanc de Blancs carries fine bubbles and persistent textured mousse. Showcasing a intriguing melody of aromatics from lime zest and pear to sea breeze, toasted cereal and oyster shell. Evolving in the glass, notes of sweet Meyer lemon, nectarine and jasmine fall into play.

The palate is tight and focused with mineral tones, hazelnut and warm toast, a fresh squeeze of lime and a touch of early season peach and grapefruit. Elegant, yet with no shortage of concentration and length. We see this signature release developing beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.

This traditional method sparkling was crafted from a single block of our Chardonnay, picked on the 8th of September with pristine acidity. The base wine was fermented in a selection of seasoned puncheons and barrique barrels was aged on fermentation lees until May of 2019. The wine then underwent a secondary fermentation in bottle and was aged for 22 months on secondary lees Disgorgement took place in March of 2021 with the addition of 6 g/L dosage of our 2018 still Chardonnay.

TECHNICAL INFO:

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12.4%
Residual Sweetness: 5.68 g/L
pH: 3.01
Total Acidity: 9.26 g/L

ACCOLADES

92 POINTS - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun
91 POINTS - Treve Ring, Gismondi On Wine

  • VINTAGE NOTES

    A mild but long winter with lots of late-season snowfall delayed bud break by a few days compared to the long-term average and resulted in a slow start to the growing season. Once spring arrived, the vines switched gears and caught back up to a more normal pace by June.

    Flowering took place under ideal conditions (dry and warm) and resulted in the potential for high yields, especially in our Chardonnay blocks. July brought us beautiful Okanagan summer conditions. A couple weeks of haze from wildfire smoke slowed the vines down in August and delayed veraison and subsequent ripening slightly.

    Fortunately, our grapes and wines were not impacted by the smoke. Harvest began in early September and, thanks to cool, dry weather which allowed our grapes to ripen gently, lasted until the end of October.