2011 Le Vieux Pin Ava

2011 Le Vieux Pin Ava

White Rhone Blend

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VARIETAL: White Blend

ALCOHOL: 12.30%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

David Lawrason, 91 points

John Szabo, MS, 91 points

John Schreiner, 91points.

Reviews:

This is a ground-breaking blend (for the Okanagan) of viognier, marsanne and roussanne -Rhone varieties that do well in the dry, sunny climate of southern France. It has a lifted, engagning nose of rosemary, persimmon, starfruit and spice from partial ageing in French oak. It's medium weight, racy, warm and very spicy. The finish is somewhat bitter; the length is excellent to outstanding. Tasted December 2012. David Lawrason, 91 points

John Szabo, MS – A very classy and improved version of the Ava over the 2010, an intriguing, Rhône-inspired blend of viognier-rous- sanne-marsanne that's partially aged in oak (barrels and puncheons, 500l). The nose is an elegant mix of sweet and savoury herbs, cinna- mon-tinged orange and orchard fruit notes, essential oil of violet and other nuanced and complex notes that make this well above the mean in terms of interest. The palate is fullish but well balanced, with seamless oak and very good to excellent length. Amazing to pack so much flavour into a wine with just 12.3% alcohol - that's good viticulture. A wine made with both confidence and savoir-fair.  Tasted December 2012. John Szabo, MS, 91 points

This is 78% Viognier and 11% each of Marsanne and Roussanne. The wine has aromas of apple and citrus, with a core of melons, apples and minerals. The finish is crisp and refreshing. John Schreiner, 91points.

Why We're Drinking It:

2011 was a long and cool growing season without the extreme daytime heat the South Okanagan is known for. This resulted in grapes that achieved full phenolic ripeness at record low sugar levels (and thus low alcohol levels). South Okanagan had an amazing fall with mild weather which gave us the luxury of a seven week long picking window. 2011 goes into the history book as an atypical,
yet very welcome vintage.

The keys to growing these late ripening varieties successfully are to keep yields very low and to manage the canopy carefully to expose the bunches to the sun and promote air circulation.When mastered, the dried apricot and floral aromas step forward firmly.

Tasting Notes:

The keys to growing these late ripening varieties successfully are to keep yields very low and to manage the canopy carefully to expose the bunches to the sun and promote air circulation.When mastered, the dried apricot and floral aromas step forward firmly. 

The Story to Know:

When we first journeyed to the South Okanagan we were blown away by its unique geology and climate; our minds filled instantly with thoughts of making world-class wines. We were convinced that with enough time, care and attention, trial and error, dedication and sweat we would find the unique story the land has to tell.

In 2006, only our second vintage, we had our “eureka” moment – beginner’s luck perhaps.

Overall we believe that each and every Equinoxe wine we’ve crafted captures the true essence of the South Okanagan valley and is something everyone at the winery is extremely proud of.

Perfect Pairings:

Heritage roasted chicken with traditional stuffing or game bird with tropical fruit accents

2011 was a long and cool growing season without the extreme daytime heat the South Okanagan is known for. This resulted in grapes that achieved full phenolic ripeness at record low sugar levels (and thus low alcohol levels). South Okanagan had an amazing fall with mild weather which gave us the luxury of a seven week long picking window. 2011 goes into the history book as an atypical,
yet very welcome vintage.

The keys to growing these late ripening varieties successfully are to keep yields very low and to manage the canopy carefully to expose the bunches to the sun and promote air circulation.When mastered, the dried apricot and floral aromas step forward firmly.

This is a ground-breaking blend (for the Okanagan) of viognier, marsanne and roussanne -Rhone varieties that do well in the dry, sunny climate of southern France. It has a lifted, engagning nose of rosemary, persimmon, starfruit and spice from partial ageing in French oak. It's medium weight, racy, warm and very spicy. The finish is somewhat bitter; the length is excellent to outstanding. Tasted December 2012. David Lawrason, 91 points

John Szabo, MS – A very classy and improved version of the Ava over the 2010, an intriguing, Rhône-inspired blend of viognier-rous- sanne-marsanne that's partially aged in oak (barrels and puncheons, 500l). The nose is an elegant mix of sweet and savoury herbs, cinna- mon-tinged orange and orchard fruit notes, essential oil of violet and other nuanced and complex notes that make this well above the mean in terms of interest. The palate is fullish but well balanced, with seamless oak and very good to excellent length. Amazing to pack so much flavour into a wine with just 12.3% alcohol - that's good viticulture. A wine made with both confidence and savoir-fair.  Tasted December 2012. John Szabo, MS, 91 points

This is 78% Viognier and 11% each of Marsanne and Roussanne. The wine has aromas of apple and citrus, with a core of melons, apples and minerals. The finish is crisp and refreshing. John Schreiner, 91points.

David Lawrason, 91 points

John Szabo, MS, 91 points

John Schreiner, 91points.

The keys to growing these late ripening varieties successfully are to keep yields very low and to manage the canopy carefully to expose the bunches to the sun and promote air circulation.When mastered, the dried apricot and floral aromas step forward firmly. 

When we first journeyed to the South Okanagan we were blown away by its unique geology and climate; our minds filled instantly with thoughts of making world-class wines. We were convinced that with enough time, care and attention, trial and error, dedication and sweat we would find the unique story the land has to tell.

In 2006, only our second vintage, we had our “eureka” moment – beginner’s luck perhaps.

Overall we believe that each and every Equinoxe wine we’ve crafted captures the true essence of the South Okanagan valley and is something everyone at the winery is extremely proud of.

Heritage roasted chicken with traditional stuffing or game bird with tropical fruit accents