“In this series we bring you our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions which we personally recommend”
If I had to pick just two wines to take to a desert island I can’t think of a better pair than these beauties from Clos du Soleil. A perennial addition to our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions. We unequivocally personally recommend these outstanding wines.
Our flagship white wine, a wine of grace and elegance, is a classic Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Light gold in the glass.
Intense aromas of grapefruit, beeswax, lime zest, and meadow grasses.
The palate shows an array of flavours: lemon and lime and ripe grapefruit, with notes of peach and apricot and all tied together with bright, crisp citrus acidity. On the palate the wine is full and rich with a textural softness resulting from sur-lie ageing. A lovely saline minerality strings it all together, through to the very long finish.
Each vineyard block was separately harvested, by hand, at peak maturity. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed, and then fermented entirely in barrel (French oak puncheons) with the majority undergoing only wild, spontaneous fermentation. One quarter of the barrels were also allowed to undergo wild malolactic fermentation. All lots were barrel aged for nine months, on the lees, with lees stirring. The final wine was created by blending together just the very best barrel lots, in order to create a wine of true complexity and elegance.
This is a seafood wine par-excellence, but roast chicken or herb-crusted pork would be excellent too.
Signature is our flagship blend of red Bordeaux varieties, produced by hand, and aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. The 2018 vintage is the product of a long, warm growing season and was perfect for producing this classically styled iconic wine.
Enjoyable in its youth, the balance and structure of this wine will ensure its ability to age for many years.
The taster is enveloped in heady aromas of ripe raspberry and blackberry, baking spices and floral notes.
On the palate the wine is layered with flavours of black cherry, raspberry, cassis, mint and blackberry, with complex notes of graphite and sagebrush. The structure is soft and lush, with polished tannins and a long lingering finish.
Our winemaking philosophy is to treat our grapes gently and with respect, in order to produce complex, age worthy wines that showcase the very best expression of the Similkameen Valley terroir. Each vineyard block was harvested separately, by hand, when judged to be at optimal maturity. The grapes were then gently destemmed, crushed, and fermented in concrete tanks following a moderate cold-soak. The wines were fermented using only native wild yeasts to reinforce terroir expression. After a gentle pressing the wines were aged for 16 months in 100% French oak barrels. Only the barrels showing the greatest complexity, depth and elegance were selected for our Signature blend. Simplicity and a light hand in the winery have allowed us to deliver a wine which speaks of the beauty of our land.
FLAGSHIP WINES GIFT PACK
CLOS DU SOLEIL FLAGSHIP WINES GIFT PACK: 1 X 2018 SIGNATURE & 1 X 2020 CAPELLA IN A BEAUTIFUL WOOD GIFT BOX.
MAKING CONSISTENTLY BEAUTIFUL WINE
It’s all about the vineyard and the wine in the bottle.
Clos du Soleil Winery
2568 Upper Bench Road,
Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N4
Wine notes are courtesy of the winery website. Images: (except as noted) MyVanCity. I received complimentary wine to facilitate this feature.