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Calliope Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Canada, British Columbia
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2016
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2016
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B005W00216
UPC 688229100161
Inventory Very Low Stock (2)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The 2016 Calliope Sauvignon Blanc checks all the boxes of the most enjoyable of BC wines. Intense passion fruit, peach, grapefruit, elderflower and lime combine playfully on the nose with verdant and mineral undertones. The palate is dry and crisp, bursting with candied lemon, gooseberry, passion fruit and lime zest with a long clean finish. Juicy and refreshing.

The Calliope Story
The Wyse Family – founders of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Oliver BC – is proud to introduce a line up of wines under a new label: Calliope. Pronounced ka-LIE-oh-pee, this captivating name pays homage to a tiny hummingbird found in southern British Columbia which is Canada’s smallest bird. The word Calliope is of Greek origin meaning ‘beautiful voice’ and was chosen by the Wyse family in recognition of their interest in birds and music. Calliope is also the Greek Muse of Eloquence and Poetry.


Juicy and refreshing, a long day of work is quickly forgotten and you are instantly ready for a watermelon salad with feta, crunchy spanakopitas or Vietnamese salad rolls in hoisin sauce.

Reviews & Ratings

91 pts - John Schreiner
The wine begins with zesty aromas of grapefruit and lime, which are echoed on the palate, along with notes of herbs and spice. Good acidity gives the wine a crisp and refreshing finish. The finish is lingering. 91.



BC VQA British Columbia

Vintage Notes

2016 was another amazing growing season. Spring arrived early: sunny and warm with just enough showers to boost vine canopy growth. July and August added ideal summer heat, ripening the grapes slowly. Lively and aromatic whites were picked during a dry September month while red grapes benefited from warm days and cool nights to fully develop their flavours while retaining their acidity.


The grapes for the 2016 vintage were harvested manually between September 10th and 22th from Keremeos mostly and Osoyoos. The clusters were hand sorted and dropped into a pneumatic press for a gentle extraction. The juice was drained by gravity flow into tanks where it settled for 24 hours to prepare for fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation lasted 21 days under a controlled temperatures ranging from 13 to 16 Celsius. At completion, the wine was allowed to mellow for 5 months in stainless steel tanks. There was no malolactic conversion. Prior to bottling, the wine filtered, finned and stabilized.


Producer Description

It's All About The Wines

The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada's most unique ecosystems which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. The location (on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada. In 1993, when Jim Wyse began to replant the vineyards which had been carefully selected for their ability to produce world class, premium quality grapes, the winery was not part of his long term vision. Having recognized the potential of this location, Jim was gratified to see wines made with his grapes gaining immediate recognition. Finally, the decision to build Burrowing Owl Estate Winery was confirmed and a winery license was obtained in 1997. Construction began in early1998 and completed just in time for that year's harvest. The site has since been enhanced with a beautiful fine-dining Restaurant and luxurious Guest House.

One of Canada's most unique ecosystems

The varied and deceptively fragile desert ecosystems within the adjoining vineyards continually challenge the environmentally sensitive team at Burrowing Owl. Alternative pest control systems are the standard. More than 100 bluebird boxes and two bat nurseries invite insect-eating guests to stay awhile and dine in the vineyards. Ground nests of meadowlarks are protected by barriers in springtime to prevent farm machinery and vineyard workers from inadvertently destroying them. Snakes are safely relocated. Bears and big horned sheep are discouraged from sharing the harvest but never harmed.

Today, with its dramatic vantage point in the middle of the vineyard, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is a winemaking facility that combines state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions. A gravity-flow system handles ripe grapes delicately, preserving their rich fruit character. Extensive underground cellaring capacity ensures that long term barrel aging is never limited by space.

Vineyards in Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos

The winery owns and manages all of the vineyard land growing grapes for the Burrowing Owl wines. The land base consists of 210 acres of producing vineyards distributed between three different locations: Black Sage (the  original 145 acre site) which contains an equal amount of red and white grapes, Osoyoos (54 acres on the eastern slopes above Osoyoos Lake, home to Bordeaux varietals and Syrah reds) and Keremeos (11 acres of Sauvignon Blanc in the Similkameen Valley). In total 16 varietals are grown and tended by a qualified and dedicated vineyard team.

Still, it takes special skills to turn these assets into fine wines. Their vineyard managers contribute a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unsurpassed in the valley. Their dedicated team takes special pride in the success of these vineyards. And of course, they work closely with the winemaking team at Burrowing Owl to co-ordinate crop levels, ripeness targets, and the many other parameters necessary to produce only the finest quality wine.

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