Wine Club Member Price: $23.40
October 7th - November 15th, 2022
This dry Muscat showcases delicate pale-lemon hues. A pronounced intensity with aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and lemon peel. Medium acidity with soft notes of ruby grapefruit, chamomile and nectarine linger on the palate.
The 2022 vintage arrived from a very challenging 2021 winter with an arctic outflow that lasted for almost 2 weeks. Fortunately, all of our vineyards escaped the extreme cold unscathed. The rest of the 2022 winter was seasonal with the occasional dip in temperature past -8°C. Cool early spring temperatures led to a bud burst that was 10 – 14 days later than average and a slow start to the growing season. The cool weather and above average rainfall persisted through the entire spring. By the end of June, the weather had turned around and the typical dry, hot summer weather arrived and persisted until mid-August. A couple of typical Okanagan heatwaves came our way in July. Mid-August saw two weeks of unruly summer storms during which our vineyard on Upper Bench Road suffered a 15% crop loss due to hail damage. September was beautiful with +30°C temperatures for the first two weeks and clear skies throughout. For the last two weeks of September and the entire month of October the weather was beautiful with +25°C every day making these two months perfect for ripening grapes.
With origins in ancient Greece and Egypt, the Muscat grape variety has the longest history of any vine known today. Our wine is a gathering of four distinctive Muscat varieties: Muscat Ottonel (50%) | Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (22%) | Yellow Muscat Giallo (22%) | Orange Muscat (6%). The fruit was pressed after four hours of skin contact to extract delicate aromatics and then cold-fermented to preserve the grape’s signature fruit characteristics. The various lots were inoculated with a single yeast culture to further accentuate complexity and mouthfeel.