Oct 18, 2022
Now and over the next 3+ years.
The nose shows vibrant notes of ripe stone fruit, lemon curd, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and honey. The stone fruit and citrus (particularly the peach, lemon & lime) notes carry through to the palate, which is generously rich and textural from the extended lees contact, but balanced by an abundance of mouth-watering acidity. The finish is refreshingly dry and mineral-driven, with lingering salinity.
Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard - Okanagan Falls (gravels, glacial till & silty loam)
The fruit hand-picked and hand-sorted, destemmed, and lightly crushed before being pressed. A portion was racked after 12 hours of settling, into stainless steel barrels and French oak barriques (one new, one 3rd fill & two 4th fill). The remaining portion settled a further 24 hours and was transferred into 2 concrete tanks. These inoculated ferments were kept cool (12-14°C), monitored closely, and all were aged on their lees with frequent stirring to build texture. After 4 months, the lots were blended, stabilized, filtered and bottled.
The goal with this wine was to build a richly textural wine that was true to its varietal character, but also complex and intruiging, and I think we achieved it. Interestingly, as this block has matured, we’ve found that the salinity that Albariño is so known for worldwide has become increasingly pronounced with each new vintage. This vintage of Albariño is possibly my favourite of ours to date. The aromatics are beautiful and more intense than ever, but it’s the tension and the beautifully balanced acidity that absolutely exemplify the 2022 vintage.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic: seafood (oysters, crab, prawns, shellfish, grilled white fish...you name it!), seafood pastas & risottos, light & creamy cheeses, goat’s cheese. Adventurous: sushi & sashimi, ceviche, Vietnamese dishes, Thai dishes, Caribbean/Cajun dishes, pickled food.
460 cases produced