Pale lemon in color, the aromatics are at once intense, yet subtle and complex. A myriad of aromatics, from lemon zest to wet slate to white flowers are present. The palate is diverse and developed, a result of the wine being aged in bottle for 2 years before its release. Apples, pineapple, intense lime and mandarin all play their part.
Carrying the signature crisp acidity of our Block 5 1978 plantings, this is a wine that is more about texture and complexity - a true expression of the earth it is grown in.
Gold Medalist - National Wine Awards of Canada
94 Points - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun
92 Points - David Lawrason, Wine Align
92 Points - Michael Godello, Wine Align
91 Points - Heather Rankin, Wine Align
The 2015 growing season gave us record-breaking heat but the balance in our wines remained intact. Curiously, once temperatures reach above 35 degrees Celsius, vines enter a dormant protective mode.
Our very warm July in particular saw steady and slow ripening as opposed to what one might expect. Cooler September evenings soon arrived and offered a welcome relief as harvest commenced and the ripening phase finished off.
With a series of warm growing seasons behind us, our dedication to thoughtfully promote a healthy, balanced vineyard is paramount. Organic nutrient additions and precise canopy and irrigation management all play a vital role. In addition, we continue to farm as sustainably as possible – without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our honey bee apiary is thriving and we’re amazed at the diversity of resident species that can be found on our property – a true testament for us to the health of our site.