7 Blanc is a unique blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Riesling and Muscat that creates a ‘summer in a glass’. Aromas of rose petals, ginger, lychee, pear and peach emerge from the glass. The palate is off dry with stone fruit, orange blossom, spice and citrus ensuring the balance between acidity and sweetness. Enjoy as a summer sipper paired with spicy Thai food or other Asian dishes.
All the varietals were at cool fermented at 14C over the course of approximately 21 days using specific yeast selections for each variety to express each of their unique characteristics. The blend is predominantly Gewürztraminer seconded by Pinot Gris with a smattering of other aromatic varieties to create a balanced and scented wine.
The 2017 growing season started off slowly in the Okanagan valley. We did not see bud burst until mid-May and flowering began mid-June. The spring was wet and cooler than normal, but this was quickly followed by warmer temperatures which resulted in flooding. This was followed by 82 days of no rain. Fires resulted in many parts of BC in July and August. Smoke from fires in the north, south and west provided protection from the intense heat of the summer but also created a more humid environment that we are used to in the Okanagan. This resulted in higher disease pressure and some vineyards were overwhelmed with powdery mildew. Fortunately, our growers were vigilant, and we came through relatively unscathed. By veraison the smoke had cleared so there was relief. We did experience frost in low lying regions at the beginning of October, but most vineyards were able to hang on and we gained an additional 3 weeks of hang time. However, due to all these factors yields were down about 15%.
Grapes: 50% Gewurztraminer, 28% Pinot Gris, 11% Viognier, 7% Riesling, 4% Muscat
Harvest Brix: 23.5B average
Harvest Date: September 11 & Sept 27. October 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Vineyards: Raju, Fool’s Gold, Hidden Terrace, Rock Pocket, Oliver, Township 7, Naramata
Technical data: pH 3.46 TA 6.2 g/L RS 13.8 g/L
Cases produced: 588