A bright and lush blast of summer, this vintage of Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of boxwood, passion fruit,
citrus, gooseberry and grassy notes. The palate follows through with similar characteristics along with a delightful
roundness to balance the mouthwatering acidity. Vibrant and fresh, enjoy as an apéritif or paired with grilled spot
prawns or your favourite fresh shellfish.
Sourced exclusively from the gravelly soils of our Blue Terrace vineyard in north Oliver, this 100% barrel fermented
and aged (7 months) Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in 15% new and 85% neutral French oak barrels. Our
winemaker’s well managed use of oak contributes a layer of complexity and interest to this varietal. Lees stirring
weekly during fermentation and aging contributes to the full mouthfeel, which balances the crisp acidity.
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 totaled 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
Vineyards: Blue Terrace, North Bench Oliver • Clone: Loire, France 297
Harvest Date: September 9,2016 • Harvest Brix 22.8
pH 3.22 • TA 6.3 g/L • RS 4.2 g/L • alcohol 13.6%
Cases produced: 328