Viognier grows at our Perfect Hedge Vineyard in Osoyoos. An hour south of the Naramata Bench winery site, this vineyard is hotter and provides the extra heat units that Viognier requires to ripen fully.
The nose is a subtle bouquet of jasmine and mock orange blossom. This wine is soft and round like a ripe peach on the palate with a long finish. This smooth-talking grape is the ultimate white wine for red wine drinkers and is known for being a lower in acidity.
A great pairing would be Pad Thai or mini brie and apricot quesadillas.
Insider Tip: The trick with Viognier is to get optimal ripeness without losing acidity, thus choosing the right day to pick is critical.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in 41% neutral French oak, 13% stainless steel, and 46% concrete eggs, and aged sur lie for 6 months.
Our winemaking team has been using concrete eggs since 2011, however they have been used in winemaking for centuries. Concrete fermenters are slightly porous thus allowing the wine to breathe, while the egg shape keeps the wine in constant movement.
The 2020 growing season started slow but by mid summer the vines were progressing well. The crop was light in general which allowed the quality to really shine. Loosely formed bunches with smaller than average berry size, allowed for full sunlight penetration with resultant development of intense fruit flavours. Cold weather and snow starting on Oct 22, which put a dramatic end to the growing season, but due to the light crop, grapes reached full flavor maturity and the resulting wines are fully bodied, with excellent flavors and harmonious balance. The 2020 whites, overall, are showing very balanced acidity with great fruit flavours, lush rich palates and excellent fruit intensity.
The Viognier is 100% from of our Perfect Hedge Vineyard in Osoyoos.