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Calliope Wines Viognier 2018

Canada, British Columbia
Calliope Wines Viognier 2018

An intense and aromatic nose of jasmine, honeysuckle, apricot, lemon zest and peach with a subtle, fresh sweet basil note in the background. The palate is medium bodied with crisp refreshing acidity and flavours of stone fruit, pear, blood orange, white pepper, lime and some mango with a long, zesty finish. – Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Viognier
¥3,300

An intense and aromatic nose of jasmine, honeysuckle, apricot, lemon zest and peach with a subtle, fresh sweet basil note in the background. The palate is medium bodied with crisp refreshing acidity and flavours of stone fruit, pear, blood orange, white pepper, lime and some mango with a long, zesty finish. – Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Viognier
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B005W00118
Inventory In Stock (99)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

An intense and aromatic nose of jasmine, honeysuckle, apricot, lemon zest and peach with a subtle, fresh sweet basil note in the background. The palate is medium bodied with crisp refreshing acidity and flavours of stone fruit, pear, blood orange, white pepper, lime and some mango with a long, zesty finish. – Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Pairing

Pair this with mildly spiced Thai Larb or a watermelon and feta salad with poached BC side stripe shrimp.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2024

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

2018 was a moderate growing season that started with an earlier budbreak and a warmer than average May. The season cooled during the summer months and rebounded with favourable September and October temperatures. The cooperative weather allowed us to retain acidity and provide quality fruit with increased crop levels. While the sun and heat create intense fruit flavours, the cool evenings preserve the natural acidity in the grapes keeping the wine fresh and lively.

Vinification

The Viognier grapes for the 2018 vintage originate from Keremeos and Osoyoos. They were harvested by hand in mid-October, destemmed and delicately crushed before being gravity fed into a pneumatic press for added skin maceration prior to gentle extraction of the juice. The juice was then drained by gravity flow into a stainless steel tank where it was allowed to settle prior to fermentation. After 3 weeks under controlled temperatures ranging from 10 to 16 Celsius, the wine was allowed to mellow and age for 9 months. It was then filtered, stabilized and bottled.

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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