This Gewürztraminer displays aromas of orange and rose petal, with hints of ginger and lychee.
The palate is round with a rich texture reminiscent of orange blossom. This is more reminiscent
of the Alsatian style of the variety.
The Gewürztraminer cold soaked in the press for 6 hours before pressing to ensure all the
flavours and aromatic compounds were extracted. The juice was then fermented at cool
temperatures (12˚ Celsius) over 4 weeks which also contributes to the presence of the strong
aromatics. Gewurztraminer is always the last white grape picked to ensure its flavours and
aromatics are at their best.
The 2016 growing season started quickly in the Okanagan valley. One of our earliest starts
ever had flowering 2 weeks earlier than normal years and fruit set remained on track. Many
thought we would have an early harvest but Mother Nature intervened. July and August were
cooler than normal with more rain so things slowed slightly. With more rain came good vine
growth. September was warm and sunny with intermittent rain which gave us the opportunity
to harvest in good weather. October brought some more rain with some frost in the south of
the valley mid-month. We began harvest by picking Chardonnay for sparkling wine August 23,
and picked our last grapes on November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a break of
about 10 days between harvesting whites and reds. We did pick some white grapes earlier than
usual but the reds stayed on average pick dates. In the end, the weather provided us with
flavourful fruit with balanced ripeness. A great harvest in my books.
Grapes: 100% Gewürztraminer
Harvest Brix: 24.7B average
Harvest Date: September 19
Vineyards: Township 7, Naramata
Technical data: pH 3.56 TA 5.3 g/L RS 8.4 g/L
Cases produced: 148