Aromas of green apple and key lime predominant in our 2016 Riesling. The fruit forward nose is followed through upfront on the palette but then a distinct minerality and crisp acidity develops on the tongue for a clean lingering finish. Perfect to pair with scallops, lobster or crab with butter sauce or soft robust cheese.
100% Riesling from the Fool’s Gold Estate vineyard located in North Oliver. The vineyard is owned by Mark Antonello a well-known vineyard manager, and was planted by Richard Cleave, the Okanagan’s most renowned viticulturist. The Riesling was pressed and cold settled before fermenting at temperatures of 12-14C to retain all the fruit flavour. A small portion of the wine was spontaneously fermented in neutral oak.
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% Riesling
Harvest Brix: 19.8B average
Harvest Date: September 12, 2016
Vineyards: Fool’s Gold Vineyard, Oliver
Technical data: pH 3.18 TA 7.7 g/L RS 1.5 g/L
Cases produced: 658