Le Vieux Pin AVA Blanc (750ml)
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Le Vieux Pin Winery is located in British Columbia’s Okanagan region crafting new world wines inspired by France’s old world winemaking traditions. It takes its name from the majestic old pine tree that stands in the vineyard. At the heart of Le Vieux Pin is Severine Pinte, who came to the estate 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 Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier where she acquired her Masters in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology. Jody Subotin is the vineyard manager and managing partner. He started working in the Vineyards in 1996, during his summer breaks from school and as he graduated he went straight to work on the farms. Jody’s career began at Hawthorn Mountain Vineyards in 1997 and by 1999 he served as vineyard manager. In 2000 he moved to Osoyoos Larose and again rose quickly through the ranks – by 2002 he was the Assistant Vineyard Manager. Osoyoos Larose was the perfect place to learn advanced vineyard practices, from the very start the Osoyoos Larose project employed vineyard practices that had been perfected in Bordeaux.
This wine is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). This is a white wine that can benefit from a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, 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.
A blend of 51% Viognier, 35% Roussanne and 12% Marsanne from Black Sage Bench, Osoyoos East and Bench and Golden Mile Bench areas from a variety of different vineyards. A portion of the wine spends 7 months in 41% French oak puncheons and barrels, 35% new oak while the other portion rests in stainless steel tanks with battonage twice a week for the first four months, then once a week.