Fresh and complex, this mineral driven white from the stony soils of North Bench Oliver has an intoxicating
bouquet of passion fruit, gooseberry and fresh lime rind. The thirst quenching palate follows through from the
nose exuding passion fruit, ripe stone fruit and tangy citrus, finishing with a cleansing crispness. Enjoy as an
apéritif or paired with grilled halibut and asparagus, or your favourite shellfish.
A classically pure 100% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in stainless steel at slightly warmer temperatures of 16-18°C.
Stainless steel tank fermentation ensures the retention of the brisk acidity along with the juicy fruit characteristics
this nobel wine is renowned for. Fermentation at a warmer temperature helps develop a luxurious roundness on
the palate upfront to balance the bracing acidity on the finish.
The 2016 growing season was one of the longest in the Okanagan, with spring commencing very quickly in the
Valley. One of our earliest starts ever, had flowering 2 weeks ahead of normal and fruit set remaining on track.
Many expected another record early harvest, however Mother Nature fortunately intervened. July and August were
cooler than normal with more precipitation than usual slowing the ripening process slightly and the rain
contributing to good vine growth. Mixed conditions in autumn saw a fantastic warm and sunny September with
only intermittent rain, affording us good weather for harvest. October brought some additional rain and frost
incidents in the south of the Valley at mid-month. We began harvest with Chardonnay for sparkling wine August
23, and brought in our last grapes November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a 10 day break between
harvesting whites and reds. On the whole, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on
average pick dates. Growing Degree Days in both Penticton and Langley totalled 1326 and 973 respectively, above
their 23 year average of 1216 and 863. Overall, the season provided us flavourful fruit with balanced ripeness and
nice phenolic development. An usual, but great harvest in our books!
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Clone: Sauvignon Blanc Clone 297 Loire Valley, France
Vineyards: Rock Pocket & Blue Terrace Vineyards, North Bench Oliver
Harvest Date: September 1 & 9, 2016 • Harvest Brix 21
pH 3.39 • TA 6.6 g/L • RS 1.3 g/L • Alcohol 12.8%