2014 was the second warmest year since 1998 for the South Okanagan. July and October temperatures were way above last year but September was lower than the last 3 years, and therefore while pushing for better phenolic ripeness we were not at risk of gaining higher alcohol. The tonnage was lower than excepted mostly because of thicker skins and smaller berries. The wines are concentrated, with a good ripe, tannic structure.
2014 Ava is arguably the most balanced Ava to date. All three varieties are already seamlessly integrated (something that usually comes with extended bottle aging). Nectarines, peaches and apricots mingle with white flowers, herbal tea, tropical pineapple and crab apple notes. There are slight notes of acacia honey drizzled on a brioche bun that are already present, and will develop further with bottle age. Also anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.
Heritage roasted chicken with traditional stuffing or game bird with tropical fruit accents.
Accolades AND REVIEWS
Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships
Best of Show Wine (National) Gold