2015 Old Vines Riesling Brut

All truly memorable sparkling wines have one very specific virtue in common - they are made from an outstanding base wine.

This 200 case offering defines the very essence of our historic old vineyard in South East Kelowna. It displays beautiful balance and persistent flavours and this can be attributed to its single block provenance of 1978 plantings.

A lovely straw yellow, this wine carries a fine, persistent bead in the glass with a soft, delicate mousse. Harmonious aromas of grapefruit, marmalade, wet stone and a hint of brioche showcase the classic intensity of our still Old Vines in a fine bubbly format. On the palate, Granny Smith apple, pear and a hint of florality persist to a bright, crisp finish with a lingering minerality.

The fruit for this wine was hand-picked at optimal ripeness in early October. Following primary fermentation, the base wine was put to bottle and left en tirage for two years to quietly undergo its secondary fermentation on lees. Once ready, the wine was awoken from its slumber and disgorged in early Spring of 2018 with a light dosage from our 2015 Old Vines Riesling.

VINTAGE NOTES

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.