September 9-24, 2022
March 26, 2023
2022 Ti Amo
Uplifting and fresh, our 2022 Ti Amo tickles the nose with aromas of rose petal, baked apple and light toast. A light effervescence greets the palate with vibrant and full notes of ripe apricot, peach and lychee which lead into a clean, off-dry finish. Enjoy our Ti Amo as an aperitif or with light- to medium-bodied cheeses.
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 cooler-than-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.
Harvest of our 2022 Ti Amo commenced on September 9th with the Gewürztraminer component followed by the Pinot Gris, Sémillon, Viognier and Chardonnay. This is the first year that we have added Viognier and Chardonnay to the blend. The Viognier contributes lifted and fruit-forward notes and the Chardonnay adds complexity and ageability. The berries were hand harvested, sorted and then gently pressed using a combination of whole cluster and whole berry pressing. The resulting juice was cold settled and racked before the initial fermentation at 12°C for 30 days. Created in the traditional Charmat method, the second fermentation took place in stainless steel before being bottled in March of 2023.
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