Telegraph Trail is a unique blend created to celebrate the Prospera Valley GranFondo (PVGF) being held this summer in the Fraser Valley, all cyclists will get to ride on the beautiful Telegraph Trail near the beginning of their ride. It is a blend that creates ‘summer in a glass’ with aromas of peach, rose petal, pear and mandarin emerging. The palate is off dry with apricot, orange rind, spice and citrus ensuring the balance between acidity and sweetness. Proceeds from the sales of this wine will be going towards Youth Development Cycling program called Escape Velocity dEVo. deco is the youth development arm of the Escape Velocity cycling club. DEVO stands for the “Development Escape Velocity Organization”. DEVO’s primary purpose is the introduction and ongoing support of youth in the sport of competitive endurance-discipline cycling.
All the varietals were cool fermented at 12°C 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 then Viognier with small amounts of Muscat and Riesling 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% for this vintage, however the fruit quality, flavours and ripeness were all very good.
Grapes: 53% Gewürztraminer • 20% Pinot Gris • 14% Viognier • 8% Riesling • 5% Muscat
Harvest Date: September 11, 27 and October 3, 4, 5, 7 • Harvest Brix: 23 B average
Vineyards: Raju (Osoyoos) • Hidden Terrace, Fool’s Gold, Rock Pocket (Oliver) • Township 7 Estate (Naramata)
Technical data: pH 3.44 • TA 6.3 g/L • RS 17.3 g/L
Cases produced: 120 • SKU 189835 • UPC 6 26990 26446 0