Varieties: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Trebbiano, Gewürztraminer
Region: Golden Mile Bench Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Aromas of crisp apple, juicy peach and light herbaceous mint lead into a clean crisp, slightly off dry palate of orchard fruit and minerality. This wine works well with fresh oysters, scallops or ceviche.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; in fact, Growing Degree Days (GDDs) were the highest ever recorded in May. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; it was, in fact, the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure, making the 2016 vintage outstanding for both whites and reds.
Winemaking notes: The six varieties of the Character White were fermented separately, but with the same process: gentle pneumatic pressing and controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel and no oak contact. Purity of fruit is the goal with our Character White.
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