Muscat is one of the most distinctive and aromatic varieties that we craft. This single vineyard wine displays heady aromas of orange blossom and ginger. The palate is round and complex with notes or orange peel and stone fruit. This wine is dry, yet round and succulent so enjoy with spicy Asian dishes.
We source the Muscat grapes from Rock Pocket vineyard at the northern end of the Black Sage Bench in Oliver where the rocky soils warm the vines to ripen this Muscat Blanc early and develop it’s floral, orange and spicy characters. This vintage was 100% stainless steel fermented at 12 degrees Celsius for 2 weeks to retain the aromatic characters this variety is renown for.
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; however, this was quickly followed by warmer temperatures, which brought flooding to some parts of the Valley. A very dry summer followed with 82 days without any rain. Fires resulted in many parts of southern BC and northern Washington State 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 than we are accustomed 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 and there was relief that our grapes were not affected by smoke taint. In the fall we experienced some frost in low-lying regions at the beginning of October, but most vineyards were able to continue the ripening process, providing an additional 3 weeks of hang time. Due to these unusual factors yields were down about 15% for this vintage, however the fruit quality, flavours and ripeness were all very good.
Grapes: 100% Muscat
Vineyard: Rock Pocket Vineyard (Oliver)
Harvest Date: September 11 • Harvest Brix: 23.1 B average
pH 3.24• TA 7.7 g/L • RS 9.6 g/L • Alcohol 13.5%
Cases produced 78