Our Seven Stars series of sparkling wines are produced in the traditional method in which the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle you receive it in. This adds aromas of fresh baked biscuits along with those fresh fruit aromas already present in the wine including Granny Smith apple, peach and lime. This wine has a mousse that is creamy making the wine full bodied and well balanced with a crisp clean finish. Our Seven Stars “Polaris” is ideal for celebrations as well as sipping with hors d’oeuvres, oysters, a creamy Bleu d’Avergne or Cambozola cheese.
This sparkling wine is a Blanc de blanc made from 100% Chardonnay. Grapes are picked with high natural acidity so that this can be maintained throughout extended time in bottle. The wine was left “en tirage” for a minimum of 18 months to ensure the development of autolytic characters. After riddling we disgorged this wine and added our Reserve Chardonnay as the dosage for complexity and depth of flavour.
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. Overall, 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% Chardonnay
Harvest Date: 20.9B average
Harvest Date: August 24 & September 13, 2016
Vineyards: Hidden Terrace and Township 7 Naramata
Technical data: pH 3.27 TA 8.7 g/L RS 8.8 g/L
Bottles produced: 3588 • SKU • UPC 6 26990 0261 3