CedarCreek is making some excellent wines and here for our #ShiptoSip we are featuring four of their favourites, including new releases and Gold award winners.
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CedarCreek 2018 Estate Chardonnay
Deep beneath the earth, the decades-long story of this Chardonnay takes shape. Roots stretch far and wide, buffering against drought, rain, and occasional cold. In this hot and dry valley, the knotted trunks and twisted arms faithfully deliver exceptional consistency and quality fruit vintage after vintage.
Above average growing degree days in the spring contributed to an early budbreak. Cooler days and evenings arrived in August, which slowed down the ripening of the grapes and allowed for greater flavour development while retaining freshness and acidity.
Notes of lemon, mineral, stone fruit on the nose with a nice acid backbone.
CedarCreek 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
All the grapes for this wine come from four separate blocks within our Home Block Vineyard, each farmed differently and harvested as much as three weeks apart. This was also the first year we started farming Home Block organically and the results show in the bottle. In true Pinot form, this wine is light and delicate, though has a riper fruit profile due to the warmer vintage. It is made in a truly low-intervention style: natural fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Cherry, blackberry, and savoury herbs on the palate, with hints of violet on the finish.
Gold Medal Winner at Intervin International Wine Awards
Block 3 is one of our favourite blocks because of its age (planted in 1991) and the interesting flavour profiles it can display. The block was harvested using a “three pick” approach, and the second and third picks were reserved for this Platinum wine. The extended hang time allowed the grapes more time to develop sugars, flavour profile, and acidity, while the cool growing season helped retain that vibrant acidity. Half of this wine was wild fermented, and the other half was fermented with organic yeast. The six months on lees in tank bolstered its complexity.
Clean and bright on the palette, intensely perfumed with lemon lime, apple, peach, and mandarin notes. The bright acidity is balanced out by 13.7g of RS.
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CedarCreek 2017 Platinum Haynes Creek Syrah
Gold Medal Winner at Intervin International Wine Awards 2019
This inaugural vintage of Platinum Syrah pays homage to the now-10-year-old Syrah vines at Haynes Creek. Winemaking takes an elegant approach to this wine, similar to that of our Platinum Pinot Noirs. It is wild fermented with 25% whole bunch to send the wine in a floral, spicy direction. One percent whole bunch Viognier is added to fix a bit of colour and lift aromatics. We aged on lees for over a year in large oak puncheons.
Fresh floral and dark fruit charactes complement the peppery, meaty side of this varietal. Fine tannins and brightness in the mouth, with a long finish.
CedarCreek Estate WineryThe story of CedarCreek begins with the vision of Senator Ross Fitzpatrick. Born and raised in the Okanagan, the future senator worked alongside his father during the ‘40s and ‘50s at MacLean & Fitzpatrick, a fruit packing and shipping company.
Though his education and career took him away from the valley for three decades, he returned in 1986, and purchased his first Okanagan Valley winery and vineyard on a site overlooking Okanagan Lake. At the time, there wasn’t much belief in the idea of wine being produced in the valley, let alone wine that could stand among the best in the world. He became a pioneer in the planting of vinifera grape varieties to produce premium quality wine.
Few others shared the same vision of what the Okanagan might become, among them – the von Mandls. CedarCreek grew into one of the leading wineries in the Okanagan Valley – twice winning Canada’s “Winery of the Year” award. In February 2014, the Fitzpatrick family announced the transfer of ownership of CedarCreek to the von Mandl family. With this, two of the region’s pioneering winemaking families came together over a shared vision for the future of the Okanagan Valley.
Today, we honour the Senator’s vision for the 50-acre Home Block Vineyard. Winemaker Taylor Whelan is building upon three decades of winemaking history and defining a new chapter with estate-grown, organic wines. Because of planting decisions made in the early 1990’s, we now have 30-year-old vines at the heart of everything we do, and seek to showcase them in increasingly nuanced ways. We commit to this land daily with integrity, authenticity, and a commitment to quality. On that, you have our word.
Tasting notes, bottles shots and image courtesy of the winery.