Crafted from south Okanagan fruit, our Pinot Gris is 100% stainless steel fermented enabling the varietal's fresh fruit characteristics to really shine. Our winemaker added a touch of Viognier for brightness and acidity. This vintage has vibrant aromas of pear and apricot. A crisp and refreshing palate follows with flavours of granny smith apple and key lime with a flinty, mineral finish. Less than 350 cases made and only $18.97.
Our Viognier is from longtime grower Raju Vineyard in Osoyoos, situated just a few blocks from the Canada/US border on the east side of the lake. The warm, southernly site allows for full ripeness of this Rhone varietal enhancing the fruit forward aromatics and palate. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and three oak barrels to add texture to the mouthfeel. Fragrant aromas reminiscent of fresh peaches and honeysuckle greet the nose of this single vineyard white. The attractive palate is brimming with ripe orchard fruit flavours, but dry with a clean, crisp finish. Under 600 cases made and only $24.97
Of note, the 2018 Viognier was just featured by wine critic Neal McLennan in Vancouver Magazine Editor's Picks: The Best Things We Drank in August. He wrote,
"I came across this wine in a backwards sort of way, by drinking through a pile of Okanagan Viogniers to support my theory that the perfumed white from France's Rhone Valley simply doesn't translate well to B.C. And for the most part, the bottles I tried reinforced this view: the wines were nicely perfumed with notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom, but when they go in your mouth, the bottom falls out and they became a diluted, watery mess. The problem most had was that they were fearful of being too sweet, so the winemaker's either picked the grapes too early or drummed all the sweetness out of the wine in the cellar. But this wine embraced the boldness that Viognier is all about—there's a touch of oak and just a touch of sweetness, but the result is that ethereal nose actually carries through on the palate with ripe nectarine and ginger notes. A real winner for those who like bolder wines (though I'm still right about most of the other viogniers.)"
Stop by our Naramata Bench or south Langley winery for these delightful small lot wines!