This is not your ordinary wine. It is meant to tempt your senses. To persuade you to relish one more delectable sip. The wine-maker was a bit playful when he created this unique blend, toiling away in the vineyards and then returning to the cellar to care for the wine as it settled in stainless steel fermenters for that extra fresh flavour. Taste it for yourself and discover sheer bliss.
The aromatics on this wine are a result of the expressive Viognier and Muscat that first greet you and lure you in. Citrusy elements with a nice mouth feel come from the Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The wine exudes with tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Musky peach, green apple, and orange blossom honey round out the flavour spectrum with a crispness that makes you want to lick your lips. Yes, it is tempting.
2012 was a refreshing change from the 2010 and 2011 vintages. 2012 was much warmer throughout the season starting with the usual rainfall in spring. By June, the vines had plenty of water through careful irrigation management to ensure healthy growth. The dry summer lead to harvest beginning in September for most of the white grape varietals and extending into early October for the reds after an unexpected rainfall during the last two weeks of harvest. 2012 bodes well for riper, fruit-expressive wines.
Blend: Pinot Gris 39%, Viognier 19%, Pinot Blanc 12%, Muscat 8%, other whites
Vineyards: Oliver 40%, Kelowna 23%, Naramata 19%, Osoyoos 18%
Aging: Stainless steel fermenters
The winemaker has a penchant for cooking with a flair. One of his favourite things is throwing caution to the wind as he adds different spices to his meat rubs. This approach of mixing and trial certainly came in handy when creating the blends for Diabolica. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, tasting, re-tasting, and voilà, a devilishly good wine.
Food Pairing Notes
A fresh green salad with mandarin oranges, sliced fennel and a light vinaigrette is tasty or a pan-seared white fish with almond slivers. Your favourite quinoa side dish, preferably with coloured grains, turns this into an elegant pairing. On the go or too little time? Try these quick appetizers – dill Havarti cheese with flax-seed crackers, hummus with a squeeze of fresh lemon, or assorted roasted nuts. Be a bit unconventional. Tempt your friends with different foods each time.