This elegant, small lot wine shows a delightful bouquet of white peach, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. A crisp, clean palate follows of peach, orange rind, and honey accented with an underlining minerality. Unoaked and beautifully aromatic, pair this lush wine with light summer salads drizzled with Okanagan fruit dressings.
The 2018 growing season was one of the most tumultuous in the last 20 years, with Growing Degree Days (GDD) totaling 1575, essentially at the 10 year average, however the year was anything but average. The season started slowly with cool spring temperatures delaying our typical budbreak. This was followed by rapid, record setting heat in late April and May with growth going into overdrive and thus flowering occurring earlier than usual. Dry conditions during flowering brought an excellent fruit set with heavy, though well-balanced, bunch development. The early summer months were quite typical for the Okanagan – warm and dry. However, a cool, early fall slowed ripening down. The cooler than normal autumn temperatures allowed grape maturity to finish with elegant acidity, great complexity and fantastic flavour development. With conditions varying considerably throughout the year, viticulturalists needed to adapt management practices quickly, to ensure 2018 would be an exceptional year.
Sourced from two long-time growers in Osoyoos, the grapes were hand harvested in the early morning, followed by careful sorting and destemming. After a gentle pressing the resulting juice was allowed to naturally settle and then cold ferment in stainless steel for 17 days. This enabled the classic vibrant fruit and fragrant aromatics to shine forth, and to best reflect the place where it was grown, Sitrus Hill and Star Vineyards.