As beautiful to the nose as it is to the palate, this vintage displays ethereal aromas of orange and rose petal, with hints of ginger and lychee. The flavours are round and richly textured with hints of orange blossom. In keeping with previous years this wine has a cleansing fruitiness that is reminiscent of a dry Alsatian style of this variety.
The Gewürztraminer cold soaked in the press for 6 hours before pressing to ensure maximum extraction of aromatic monoterpenes. The juice was then fermented at cool temperatures (12˚ Celsius) over 4 weeks which also contributes to the presence of the strong aromatics. A portion of the fruit was fermented spontaneously in French barrels to give fullness and weight to the palate. Gewürztraminer is always the last white grape picked to ensure its flavours and aromatics are at their best.
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% for this vintage, however the fruit quality, flavours and ripeness were all very good.
Grapes: 100% Gewürztraminer
Harvest Brix: 23.4 B average
Harvest Date: October 4 & 6
Vineyards: Township 7, Naramata & Hidden Terrace Vineyard (Oliver)
Technical data: pH 3.56 TA 4.8 g/L RS 7.2 g/L
Cases produced: 338