The aroma of the 2017 single vineyard Viognier is reminiscent of fresh peaches, passionfruit and honeysuckle. The palate is full of fruit flavor but dry with a clean crisp finish. Perfect to pair with your favourite shellfish or soft robust cheeses.
Our 100% Viognier is sourced from Raju Vineyard (formerly Romar Vineyard) in Osoyoos under the ownership of Gurpreet Dhaliwal. Gurpreet and Roger Pires, who has 30+ years’ experience with this site, partnered in 2017 to deliver a unique expression of this northern Rhone varietal. The wine was fermented in 30% French oak barrels of which one was new, and 70% stainless steel tanks. Fermented wild, the barrel portion brings depth and roundness to the finish blend. The stainless component was fermented cooler, bringing fresh fruit to the aromatic profile and acidity the marries the blend.
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%, however the fruit quality, flavours & ripeness were all very good.
Grapes: 100% Viognier
Vineyard: Raju Vineyard (Osoyoos)
Harvest Date: October 7 • Harvest Brix 21.2 B average
pH 3.42 • TA 6.0 g/L • RS 13.4 g/L • alcohol 13.5%
Cases produced: 498 • SKU 254920 • UPC 6 26990 20873 0