Oct 14 2019
Now and over the next 3 to 5 years.
A vibrant and unapologetic wine. Electric purple in colour, with a nose that tiptoes between vibrant fruit and earthy notes. Bright flavours of sour cherries, Italian prune plums, blueberry pie and bramble mingle with more masculine notes of earth, dried violets, spice, and savoury botanicals. This profile carries through to the palate, where the earthiness of the wine is enhanced by soft, chalky tannins, and complemented by its youthful, juicy acidity.
Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard, Okanagan Falls (Gravels, glacial till & silty loam)
Hand-harvested fruit from our Shuttleworth Creek vineyard was sorted, destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in 1-ton open-topped fermenters, using selected yeast strains. The ferment was punched-down by hand 2-4 times daily, and then at the peak of fermentation, delestaged daily. The ferments were pressed off into concrete and stainless steel tanks, where they completed alcoholic fermentation, and then malolactic conversion. The wine aged gracefully here for 8 months, when it was finally racked and blended together. The wine was bottled after being stabilized and lightly filtered.
Dolcetto is a grape that consistently inspires experimentation and excitement, with every new vintage. Delestage (a two-step “rack-and-return” process in which fermenting red wine juice is separated from the grape solids by racking and then returned to the fermenting vat to re-soak the solids) through the peak of fermentation resulted in a wine with deliciously soft tannins, and vibrantly expressive grape character.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic: pizza, charcuterie, mushroom & sausage pasta, spaghetti & meatballs, tomato-based zucchini “zoodle” dishes, game, duck, lamb, roasted root vegetables. Adventurous: paella, cheese-based pastas, beef & pork empanadas, burgers, jambalaya.