2020 Original Vines Sémillon
The wineries in and around Okanagan Falls have been producing some of BC’s most celebrated wines for many years. Warm days and cool nights produce wines with ripe fruit character tamed by brisk acidity. Located just north of Macintyre Bluff this area is truly unique in BC and much cooler and rockyer than the more southern areas of Oliver and Osoyoos. Average 1,407 growing degree day
This vineyard is located overlooking Lake Vasseau and Macintyre Bluff. First planted in 1990 this site is home to some of our oldest and favorite blocks. The soils here feature mounds of glacially deposited rock with glaciofluvial sands and gravels.
Harvested at optimum ripeness and acidity, this wine was a prime candidate to ferment in barrel. A portion of this wine (60%) was kicked off by a spontaneous ferment in stainless steel, with a cultivated yeast driving towards citrus notes added 7 days later. The remaining juice was wild fermented in new French oak barriques, followed by a secondary malolactic fermentation in the same barrel. Lees stirring occured daily for the first 6 months of barrel aging. The two components were then blended together and aged another 2 months in tank.
Notes and Pairing
The resulting wine is a rich, yet acid driven style that will continue to age for 8+ years. Notes of fig, lime, and bees wax fill the glass while the palate is all citrus framed by a light hint of French oak. Shellfish or rich white meat dishes are the perfect match.