Wine Club Price $19.48
A perfect collective of white varietals created this second edition blend. Crisp pale yellow in colour, and a presence of vanilla, reveals the delicate trace of oak used in production. The nose is very pro-nounced with fragrances of peaches, tropical fruits and a zesty nuance of limequat and ginger. The captivating juicy aromas lure you into the first sip rich with longan fruit & mandarins. The aromas and flavours marry to produce an aftertaste of lemon sherbet with a fine effervescence of minerality. Delicious!
2016 was a test of patience and persistence in our vineyards, but we embraced the struggle and are proud of the results. Spring arrived very early and warm, with bud break four weeks ahead of normal, putting our vineyard crew into high gear with great anticipation for the growing season ahead. A late April snowstorm in South Osoyoos took the thriving vines by surprise, destroying a tiny fraction of our petit verdot vineyards. The summer that followed turned out to be wetter and cooler than expected, which slowed fruit development and forced increased vineyard management and around the clock weather monitoring. Luckily, our saving grace came with the long, warm fall season that saw a gradual cool down in temperature week after week, thus giving the grapes extra time to achieve full ripeness and flavour characteristics. This extra time gave our production team a chance to plan for the biggest harvest from our vineyards yet! The first handpick was in our Osoyoos vineyards on September 20, 2016 about four weeks later than in 2015. The vineyard crew carefully monitored temperatures and individual vineyard development, and harvested from September through until November 11th, when the cabernet sauvignon was finally picked. The extended fall season was instrumental in preparing the vines to survive what was to be the coldest winter the Okanagan Valley has seen in 50 years. The slow cooling process throughout fall allowed the vines time to enter a gradual dormancy, turn woody and store their reserves for hibernation so they can thrive again come spring 2017. Overall, the 2016 growing season was long, weathered and embraced by the team. We are grateful for the persistence and patience of the vineyard crew and Mother Nature, which resulted in yet another fantastic vintage.
Each varietal in this wine was processed individually and the final blend assembled with care and consideration. Both structured and aromatic varietals were chosen specifically to create a food friendly Languedoc style wine. One quarter of this blend is comprised of chardonnay aged six months in oak puncheons. A small portion of viognier/roussane was co-fermented together and then aged six months in neutral puncheons to preserve varietal aromatics, structure and enhance the body of this blend. Viognier was chosen for its aromatics, while rousanne was used to provide a nicely balanced acidity. Our classic chardonnay was used to add more intriguing structure and roundness to the wine. Once the final blend was created, the wine was returned to tank for two months to marry together the flavours of all the components. The result is a dry complex blend that show rich, full characteristics.
The Collectif 2016 is ready and produced to be enjoyed upon release. Will cellar for up to two years.