2021 arrived from one of the easiest winters we have seen with no
bud or vine death detected. Bud burst was a full week ahead of 2020
so it was an earlier than normal start to the season. Early spring was
dry and cool. A light frost in mid-May occurred but the vines were
unscathed. May’s average temperatures were between 20°C – 25°C.
First heat arrived the end of May: 40°C in Osoyoos that lasted for 2
days. With only a couple days of rain, it was one of the driest springs
on record. The last week of June set records with a 7-day heat dome
which brought 46°C in Osoyoos, 44°C in Skaha, and 43°C in
Penticton. The remainder of July enjoyed consistent heat with
temperatures in the mid to high 30’s °C. The first week of August saw
some cloudy skies due to smoke from fires, but the next 2 weeks of
August were crystal clear and hot with very little precipitation.
August 20th saw the cooler weather move in and 25°C became the
norm. September was beautiful, sunny and warm, 25°C – 30°C,
perfect for ripening grapes. Whites were harvested 10-14 days earlier
than average. Because of the heat dome, the estate vineyards were
15-20% down in tonnage but showed excellent fruit quality.
Each of the varietals in this wine was handled separately and blended to taste after fermentation completed. Juice from the red harvest
was extracted from the grapes before any significant skin contact
occurred. It was then cold settled and fermented at 22.5ºBx to
preserve the bright fruit flavours. 6.6 g/l of residual sugar and
moderate carbonation adds both richness & excitement to the