Cool Climate Wines From A Pretty Warm Place
It’s the defining quality of our site: our wines profile as cool climate, but like many vineyards in the Okanagan it’s anything but cool here during the growing season. But with the moderating effect of the lake to our east, and shade from the mountain to our west, our vines retain the freshness and acidity characteristic of cool climate wines. It’s like they don’t know it’s 35°C a lot of days.
Our Cool-Climate Still Wines
With 40 acres planted to vines, and seven varietals in the vineyard, we have plans to release eight still wines in the future: six varietal wines and two blends (at this point there'll be no varietal Meunier wine). As of summer 2017, we have released six of the eight wines. The two reds, Pinot Noir and a Meritage, will be released in 2018.
Big Leap Chardonnay
The first dream we had as winegrowers was to produce great Chardonnay. It was 1987. To do that, we had to pull up every last vine we had, and replant new French ones. At the time, no one really knew for sure that great Okanagan wine was even possible. It was a big leap. But we took it.
The Unwinder Ehrenfelser
No grape in our vineyard loves sun like Ehrenfelser. It basks in the August heat, soaking up the light while its tropical flavours deepen and intensify. So it’s no coincidence that the wine is most at home on hot, lazy days—paired perfectly with an advanced state of relaxation.
Our discerning, resident bear loves Gewϋrztraminer. She picks perfectly ripe clusters from the vine with the same care we do, and then makes short work of them. We, on the other hand, gently press ours, and then use a long, cool ferment to preserve all their beautiful flavour. To each their own.
Pink Mile Rosé
Our Rosé’s delicate pinkish colour evokes our vineyard’s century-old legacy as a peach orchard, where the blossoms stretched for a pink mile each spring. It was these peaches that attracted us here in the 1940s with Mac & Fitz, the family packing house. So memorable, here we are eight decades later.