From Robert Goltz's Osprey Ridge Vineyard comes one of the newest and most exciting varieties to be grown in the Okanagan Valley, Voignier. Originally from the Rhone Valley, Viognier requires ample heat to ripen well, making Osprey Rodge's Southern Okanagan location ideal for this grape. Brilliant straw in colour, our Viognier offers peach and floral notes on the nose with luscious fruit on the palate.
A beautiful aromatic wine showing notes of tangerine, peach, apricot, floral and yellow plum. This dry, medium-bodied wine has a slightly rich mouth-feel and flavours of juicy peach, sweet citrus and ripe apple. The finish lingers with refreshing flavours of tangerine, lemon drop, white peach and floral. Serve not overly chilled at 12 to 14ºC.
The growing season began slowly and remained unseasonably cool right through July. Reducing the crop load in the vineyards was essential in producing a healthy harvest, as higher crop yields would not ripen sufficiently in cooler temperatures. Normal summer temperatures arrived in August and carried through to late October. Careful monitoring of the vineyards and the perfect timing for harvest was key. Overall tonnage was down for 2011. The whites are very vibrant. The reds are also good, with softer fruit intensity and balanced tannin structure.
The soil at Osprey Ridge Vineyard has a higher pebble and gravel content than the pure sand of our vineyards to the south. This seems to allow Viognier to hang on the vine longer, for more intense floral perfumed characteristics and more fruit intensity. The 2008 vintage of Viognier was chosen in the 2009 Canadian Wine Awards as the White Wine of the Year.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with pan-fried fish fillets; roast chicken; shell fish; smoked salmon; baked ham; rice pilaf with almonds and apricots; fish cakes.