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Calliope Wines Viognier 2017

Canada, British Columbia
Calliope Wines Viognier 2017

Viognier is a white grape that originated in southern France. Most loved for its perfumed aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle, Viognier can also be oak-aged to add a rich creamy taste with hints of vanilla.  If you love Chardonnay, Viognier is definitely something you’ll like to swirl.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Viognier
¥3,300

Viognier is a white grape that originated in southern France. Most loved for its perfumed aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle, Viognier can also be oak-aged to add a rich creamy taste with hints of vanilla.  If you love Chardonnay, Viognier is definitely something you’ll like to swirl.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Viognier
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B005W00117
UPC 688229103179
Inventory In Stock (38)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A pretty, very floral nose showing jasmine, honeysuckle and orange blossom backed up with lots of white peach and the freshness of preserved lemon. The palate is full-bodied, rich and intensely flavoured with ripe red peach, mango, papaya, ripe apricot, more honeysuckle and some zestiness of ruby grapefruit on the long finish. Try this with a Moroccan chicken tagine or a mild chicken curry.

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.

Pairing

Try this with a Moroccan chicken tagine or a mild chicken curry.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025

Production

Appellation

BC VQA British Columbia

Vintage Notes

The 2017 growing season got off to a cool slow start but the vines quickly caught up for lost time in the warm summer months. The warm temperatures through August and September combined with the cool nights of late summer and early fall produced bold fruit flavors and crisp acidity.

Vinification

The grapes for the 2017 vintage originate from Osoyoos and Keromeos. They were harvested by hand the second week of October and were sorted and dropped whole clustered into a pneumatic press for gentle extraction. The juice was then drained by gravity flow into stainless steel tanks with 7% going into oak barrels for alcoholic feremntation. After 3 weeks under controlled temperatures for fermentation the wine settled in tanks for 6 months. The wine was then finned, filtered and stabilized before bottling in March 2018.

Producer

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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