Crafted from our estate old vines Pinot Blanc planted in 1968, this lush wine has a wonderfully aromatic nose of Okanagan peach, nectarine, clover and wildflower honey. The luscious palate follows of soft peach, Bosc pear, and ripe apricot. Well-balanced with lifted, bright acidity and a lingering finish. Pair this sweet treat with fresh fruit desserts like a pear tart, or poached pears with stilton and caramelized walnuts.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2017 growing season was one of marked contrasts overall, however, it was an outstanding year. The season commenced with above normal precipitation, resulting in rapid early vine growth which necessitated increased grapevine canopy management in late spring. The wet spring was followed by a classic Okanagan summer of hot, dry weather. This provided ideal growing conditions for superior vine growth and berry development and ensured the grapes reached full phenolic ripeness.
Winemaking notes: Our estate old vines Pinot Blanc fruit was handpicked on a chilly December 19th, and whole cluster pressed on that same day. The resulting nectar was cold settled and fermented at cooler temperatures. Fermentation was halted on January 10th 2018 leaving the desired amount of natural sweetness to complement the Pinot Blanc’s natural vibrant acidity. The wine saw 100% stainless steel to fully express this bright and fresh Golden Mile fruit.
Wines in Niagara - Rick Vansickle (Dec 2018) : 89 pts
Picked in mid-December from estates vines planted 50 years ago. A nose reminiscent of a summer meadow in full bloom with added apricot fruits, canned pear, peach and wild honey notes. It’s sweet on the palate, but not cloying, with a nice balance of apricot, nectarine, peach and pear that lingers on the finish. A drier rendition of icewine that would work well with fresh fruit desserts or poached pear with stilton.
John Schreiner at Goodgrog - John Schreiner (Feb 2019) : 92 pts
This luscious wine was made with fruit from the estate’s old vines Pinot Blanc. The grapes were picked on December 19, 2017, and probably had a touch of frost to further concentrate the sugars. This is a dessert wine for those who find Icewine too sweet. It begins with a lovely aroma of ripe apples and spice. It is luscious in the mouth, with apple pie flavours. The lively acidity gives the wine an excellent balance and a lingering, fresh and fruity finish.