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Day 7 – Unsanctioned Series Sauvignon Blanc 2020

From Slow Vineyard on the Naramata Bench, this is an extremely expressive Sauvignon Blanc. Grown in heavy clay soils on the lake side of Naramata Road just outside Penticton, this vineyard is true to its name. Always one of the last white grapes we pick, things just move slowly here! We don’t generally talk about “hang time” for white grapes…this is usually referring to red grapes when we are looking for phenolic ripeness of the grapes (ie. ripe tannins).  However, what this vineyard does for us is highlight the benefits of extended hang time for white grapes, like our Sauvignon Blanc. In this location, with the clay soils and a slightly cooler climate, we don’t see excessive sugar accumulation in the grapes as they ripen their flavours. This produces an intensely aromatic and flavourful wine, that’s still crisp and fresh.

You might be starting to see a bit of a pattern with our food pairing suggestions: simplicity.  Today’s food pairing is another dish that is incredibly simple to prepare, but packed with flavours that will compliment our Sauvignon Blanc: Linguini with pesto and cherry tomatoes.

Winemaking Notes

The aptly-named Slow Vineyard on the Naramata Bench likes to take it’s time. With predominantly clay soils that slow down ripening, the grapes get extended hang time that allows the flavours and aromas to fully develop. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the freshness and vibrancy of the wine. A small portion was aged 3 months in neutral oak barrels to add body and texture.

Tasting Profile

This is an incredibly expressive wine, bursting in the glass with aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, white peach, pineapple and hints of flint. On the palate the vibrant Okanagan fruit shines through, with Meyer lemon and subtle grassy notes. The fruit is supported by a beautiful nervousness and tension on the finish. Crisp and dry on the palate, this wine has a roundness to the texture that softens the acidity you would expect in a Sauvignon Blanc.

Food Pairings

When in doubt, go green! Sauvignon Blanc makes a wonderful choice with herb-driven sauces over chicken or fish or paired with goat cheese. It’s a fantastic match to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2020
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Vineyards Naramata
Acid 7.8 g/L
pH 3.15
Residual Sugar 0.9 g/L
Alcohol % 12.4
Production: 65 cases