Elegant and nuanced, our 2022 Old Vine Pinot Blanc displays captivating aromas of melon, apple, stone fruits
and honeysuckle, with an herbaceous note of fresh-cut alfalfa. Crisp with a pleasing mouth weight, the palate
features complex notes of tart green apple with a honeyed texture and stoney minerality. Pair the Old Vine
Pinot Blanc with crab cakes or a chicken and Brie sandwich.
The 2022 season at Hester Creek will be remembered as one of the most challenging, yet productive years on
record. With the addition of new vineyards, the 2022 harvest yielded a larger crop than average. Due to coolerthan-expected spring temperatures and more rain than is typical of the South Okanagan, the season was off to
a late start. By summer, temperatures rose and lasted into the autumn, extending the season with the warmest
September and October on record. Growing degree days reached 1676 on average. This longer growing season
led to longer hang times for the fruit as they developed phenolic ripeness. Harvest began on September 9th with
our Ti Amo and finished on December 1st with our Old Vine Cabernet Franc. For the white varietals, longer hang
times resulted in delicate aromatics. The red varietals hung on the vine throughout November allowing the grapes
to concentrate their colours and flavours. The 2022 vintage will be remembered as a milestone year for producing
exceptional, fruit-forward and age-worthy wines.
Balanced and complex, the 2022 Old Vine Pinot Blanc was hand harvested from Blocks 4 and 9 of our
historic Golden Mile Bench vineyard. Our roots run deep with these Block 4 vines that were planted in 1968,
adding to the intensity and overall structure of this crisp white wine. Following harvest, the grapes were
meticulously sorted, destemmed and whole berry pressed into stainless steel tanks. Following a long, cool
fermentation for 28 days at 12°C, the wine was racked, blended with fine lees, and aged to further develop
a pleasing mouth weight before being bottled in mid-January of 2023.
Silver Medal ~ BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards, 91 Points ~ Julian Park, 92 Points ~ John Schreiner