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Le Vieux Pin ‘Ava’ 2018

Canada, British Columbia
92 WA
92 WA
92 WA
92 WA
Le Vieux Pin ‘Ava’ 2018
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Le Vieux Pin Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Roussanne 51%, Viognier 36%, Marsanne 13%
¥6,600
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Le Vieux Pin Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Roussanne 51%, Viognier 36%, Marsanne 13%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.4%
Product Code B011W00118
UPC 808755017263
Inventory In Stock (40)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Red Haven peaches, yellow plums are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The restrained amount of new oak used (5%) in the upbringing of this wine is very well integrated already and barely shows itself more than a thin frame around a beautiful work of art. With a long decant, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

Pairing

Heritage chicken roast with traditional stuffing or game bird with tropical fruit accents in the sauce or side dish.

Press
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Michael Godel.  Calculated, figured and reasoned, a 51 per cent roussanne, (36) viognier and (13) marsanne organized, Rhône motivated blend that just fits right. A kiss of new wood and a 35 per cent wood campaign, slightly more in steel and then the other freshener, that being a fifth of this exceptional vintage fruit having seen time in concrete tank. Yes the aromas are wildly fresh, far away tropical and cumulatively enticing. A white blend of rhythm and soul, actionable in every part of its drift and coil, democratic, of no accident, come up to please and at the same time, foil. Offers this and that, high tempo acids opposite fully ripened fruit and all tolled, wrapped up with a tailored bow. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted October 2020.
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John Szabo, MS.  2018 is a stellar vintage for Le Vieux Pin's Rhône-inspired white blend, here with just over half roussanne, plus a third viognier and the balance in marsanne. One third of the lot aged in wood goes undetected, save for the slightly more rapid, positive evolution than the concrete and steel portions. Gentle texture meets ripe acids in a full=bodied, round and creamy ensemble, while yellow and white fleshed fruit flavours dominate. Classy, flavourful, concentrated but fresh, this gets it right all around. I'd suggest another year or so in the cellar to develop even more complexity and nuanced flavour. Tasted July 2020.
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David Lawrason,  Fermented and aged in French oak, new tulip shaped concrete vats and stainless steel. It is a very fine nuanced and balanced wine, quite rich yet elegant. The nose is gentle with yellow plum, starfruit and florals plus vanilla, light spice and toasty nuances from frequent lees stirring. I am most impressed by the delicate balance and smooth texture, with the 13.6% alcohol in check and very good acidity. The length is excellent with lemon joining the mix. Fine to enjoy now although I suspect more complexity in a couple of years. Tasted June 2020.
92WineAlign
John Szabo, MS.  2018 is a stellar vintage for Le Vieux Pin's Rhône-inspired white blend, here with just over half roussanne, plus a third viognier and the balance in marsanne. One third of the lot aged in wood goes undetected, save for the slightly more rapid, positive evolution than the concrete and steel portions. Gentle texture meets ripe acids in a full-bodied, round and creamy ensemble, while yellow and white fleshed fruit flavours dominate. Classy, flavourful, concentrated but fresh, this gets it right all around. I'd suggest another year or so in the cellar to develop even more complexity and nuanced flavour. Tasted July 2020.
Reviews & Ratings

Selection - '20 Canadian Wines that Rocked in 2020' Godello on Wine

Calculated, figured and reasoned, a 51 per cent roussanne, (36) viognier and (13) marsanne organized, Rhône motivated blend that just fits right. A kiss of new wood and a 35 per cent wood campaign, slightly more in steel and then the other freshener, that being a fifth of this exceptional vintage fruit having seen time in concrete tank. Yes the aromas are wildly fresh, far away tropical and cumulatively enticing. A white blend of rhythm and soul, actionable in every part of its drift and coil, democratic, of no accident, come up to please and at the same time, foil. Offers this and that, high tempo acids opposite fully ripened fruit and all tolled, wrapped up with a tailored bow. Drink 2020-2024.  Tasted October 2020

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vinification

2018 Ava is full of firsts. The first time since the inaugural release of this wine back in 2009 that the cepage is Roussanne dominant, followed by Viognier and Marsanne. Also the first time that part of the wine was fermented and aged in un-lined concrete tulip. 2018 Ava is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with structure and poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2018 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar.

  • Region: Black Sage Bench, North Oliver
  • Soil Type: Glacio Fluvial Fan; Gravel and sand at Crowley Vineyard, mostly Sand and Clay and rare pockets of Gravel in Le Grand Pin Block.
  • Age of Vines: 10-14 years old
  • Yield: Average of 4.5 tons/acre
  • Aging: 7 months in 35% French oak barrels and puncheons, 5% new, 38% in Stainless Steel, 27% in unlined concrete tulips

Production Amount

20556
Producer

Producer Description

Le Vieux Pin takes its inspiration from the finest Rhone Valley wines Syrah and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, while embracing the specific terroir of the famous Black Sage Bench overlooking the valley. The goal at Le Vieux Pin is to make wines that capture the essence of French winemaking tradition, but with the fruit and character of the New World; wines that are elegant and focused, with great intensity of fruit. Though extremely limited in production, these wines have found homes in Top European restaurants and are available in minute quantities here in Japan with us now.

Since releasing their first vintage in 2005, Le Vieux Pin has captured the essence of traditional French winemaking, along with the bold New World character distinct to the region. Considered by the national wine industry to be a leading Syrah producer, the winery uses low input viticulture and non- interventionist winemaking to make exclusive vintages that carry with them a sense of time and place. These fine wines can be savoured nationwide and internationally, at select culinary hot spots, gastronomical institutions and fine wine merchants.

Severine Pinte - Winemaker & Viticulturist, Managing Partner

Severine Pinte

Severine Pinte came to Le Vieux Pin in 2010 with 14 harvests of international winemaking experience under her belt along with 8 years of vineyard management. Severine is a graduate of the illustrious ENSAM (Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier) where she acquired her Masters in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology.After leaving ENSAM she apprenticed at the Cave de Tecou in the AOC Gaillac before coming for the first time to British Columbia to work for Domaine de Chaberton as an assistant winemaker. In 1999 she returned to France and worked a year in Bordeaux under the direction of Andre Lurton in Pessac-Leognan then returned to the Languedoc. For nine years Severine was head winemaker and viticultural council for ‘Le Vignoble des 2 terres’ in the Terrasse du Larzac terroir.

In the winter of 2003, she took leave for harvest at Frankland Estate winery in Western Australia and enjoyed learning a different take on her beloved Syrah and Viognier.Curiosity and the pursuit of new challenges brought Severine to the Okanagan and she brought with her an astute understanding of wine and terroir. Her favorite quote is from Jean Hugel: “100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality.”

For her, the Okanagan, with its unique terroir and cool climate, has always been intriguing.We are delighted to have Severine leading our viticulture and winemaking team; she is the perfect candidate to craft world class Syrah and Viognier in the South Okanagan.

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