Big Bang Theory 375mL 2017
Released: April 2018
Bouquet: Floral notes followed by strawberries, raspberries, cherries, plums and a hint of chocolate.
Palate: Dried cherries and cranberries with plum, blueberry and mint.
Food Pairing: Pizza, roasted sausage, or anything from the barbecue.
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The 2017 vintage got off to a slower start with cool days and a lot of precipitation leading to flood conditions throughout the Valley. Bud break started around 14 days later than either 2015 or 2016, but only a couple of days off of the average of the last 15 years. Once the weather turned we were in for months of hot, dry conditions and the vineyards had no problem catching up, hitting all of the key developmental stages as expected. However, with the drought conditions came several forest fires throughout BC, Washington State and California. The smoke provided a mixed bag; it had the beneficial effect of buffering the heat through the most intense days of the summer helping to moderate the accumulation of sugars and loss of acid. But it also led to more humid days and increased disease pressure; extreme diligence in the vineyard was rewarded by healthy and clean fruit.
Our 2017 Big Bang Theory is a joyful blend of six different varietals. Big Bang Theory brings together fruit from Okanagan Falls down to Osoyoos. Each lot of fruit is hand harvested as it reaches peak maturity and is brought into the cellar where the lots are vinified separately before being assembled to create the final blend. Over the course of our blending trials we decided to include a portion of 2016 Merlot that had been in barrel for 14 months to help drive the richness and structure of the wine while still allowing the 2017 wines to show their character.