Clos du Soleil wants you to experience what biodynamic wine grape growing is all about. “We’re really proud of that aspect of the vineyard,” explains managing director Michael Clark. To increase access to that experience, the wineshop will be open for extended hours throughout this season: 10am to 5pm daily except Tuesdays from May 1. There will also be exclusive “wineshop-only” items, including a “special Grower’s Series” among other creative new products.

A trio of new releases from 2013 will kick off the season’s releases. The Rosé, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, has developed a loyal following likely due to the wine’s uniquely deep hue and aromatic profile. According to Clark, this vintage has “more depth and complexity” and is “as aromatic or more” than previous vintages. Fans of the Fumé Blanc will be pleased to see the new vintage available. “It’s got wonderful fruit characteristics this year,” says Clark. “Big and full.” The Grower’s Series “Middle Bench Vineyard” Pinot Blanc – a favourite since 2010 and the first wine in that series – rounds out the trio of spring releases. Even though the name is different, the grapes are from the same vineyard as previous vintages. Of course their limited-quantity reds, including their flagship Bordeaux-blend “Signature”, will be available for tasting and purchase as well.

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~ Luke Whittall