This yellow- gold wine exhibits a delicate nose of dried mint, mineral, and mango. On the palate, the structure is medium-bodied, with moderate alcohol, and carries 15 grams of residual sugar balanced with crisp, bright acidity. The nose carries through the palate, where intense flavours of lemon, lime, ginger, and tropical fruit explode in your mouth and follow through to a long, lingering, lip-smacking finish.
The 2012 vintage was a short vintage because of a cool spring, but was entirely defined by its winning September and October ripening period. Spring was late arriving, and it delayed bud break until the second week of May. Weather in May and June continued cool and wet, encouraging very little growth until early July, when the vines went crazy. Warm temperatures coupled with continuing rain made a rapid growth and much more canopy work in a very short period of time. Flowering in the central part of the Okanagan occurred in early July and, fortunately, fruit set went uninterrupted by heavy rains or wind. Even though the fruit set was ample, our green thinning was late but stringent-an essential decision to ripen grapes in a short growing season. Veraison was even and, most importantly, warm. It completed in early September, and ripening continued on like a freight train. A warm September and early October brought intense ripeness to the 2012 harvest. We began harvesting on October 2 and finished up at our usual time, with the last vineyard picked by November 3. A warm, dry September and October allowed for extended hang times, producing very flavourful grapes with full phenolic ripeness and complex flavour development. Overall, we saw higher then normal brix levels and lower acidity, but extremely ripe flavours.
Food Pairing Notes
Very versatile wine, pairs well with spicy asian or indian dishes, also most shellfish.