Aromatic and vibrant, this classic Viognier is beautifully fragrant with aromas reminiscent of fresh peaches and
honeysuckle. The beguiling palate is full of fruit flavour with summertime echoes of ripe apricot and white
peaches, but dry with a clean crisp finish. A seductively versatile wine that is perfect to pair with your favourite
shellfish, sushi or soft robust cheeses.
This vintage was crafted with premium fruit from the Romar Vineyard in sunny Osoyoos, owned by Roger and
Maria Pires, who have carefully tended the property for over 30 years. Their idyllic, warm site allows for full
ripeness of this pretty Rhone variety, thereby enhancing the gorgeous fruit forward aromatics and elegant
palate. The Viognier was fermented at 16°C in stainless steel and 1 barrel for richness, and to facilitate a
pleasing roundness to develop into this polished wine.
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!