Small Blessings Semillon 2017
Bouquet: Bright lemon zest and subtle tropical notes with understated oak.
Palate: Lemon curd and refreshing mineral character.
Food Pairings: Roasted chicken, shellfish, or Brie cheese.
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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. Warm days and cool nights signalled the approach of harvest, allowing for great evolution of flavour without any spikes in sugars while maintaining bracing acidity in the fruit. The Semillon was harvested at 22.6° Brix, 5.3g/L TA, and pH 3.38.
On October 16, the fruit was hand harvested from the Sitrus Hill Vineyard on the northern shores of Osoyoos Lake and brought into the winery where it was destemmed before being pressed to tank. After settling for 24 hours, the juice was racked into two French oak barrels, one second fill and one fourth fill, for fermentation and aging. Once fermentation was complete, the lees were stirred periodically to build the mouthfeel of the wine. The wine remained on its lees for 9 months before being racked in preparation for bottling. The objective with these barrels of Semillon was to create a blending partner for our Sauvignon Blanc; however, we loved the direction that the wine was taking and were excited to see what it would evolve into so we decided to keep the two barrels aside and bottle them in our Small Blessings Series.