Viognier and Pinot Noir are going to be the stars of the show at Eau Vivre Winery in Cawston this year. Both will be made with grapes grown in the Similkameen Valley. This will be the first vintage of a single variety Viognier produced at Eau Vivre although it will not be completely new to winemaker Anthony Buchanan. Previous vintages of the Cinq Blanc have featured a Viognier component and he knows what it is capable of. 16% of the Viognier grapes were fermented on the skins and punched down three times daily, just like a red wine. “This will add texture,” explains Anthony, “along with extra aromatics, and phenolics to help it age.”
Pinot Noir makes its return to the portfolio after two consecutive Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine in 2012 and 2013 (for the 2009 and 2010 vintages – the only two ever awarded to a winery in the Similkameen Valley). Bottled in late September of 2014, it was just released for sale in January. Three different clones of Pinot Noir contributed to this vintage of only 600 cases. This wine has a reputation and loyal following so don’t wait long to get yours.
Also unveiled in February is their new website to match the new branding style on their bottles. Travel information, recipes, photos, wine information, and a special section for their wine club members will all be part of Eau Vivre’s online experience.
Pinot Noir 2013
Features aromas of ripe red cherries, cloves, cinnamon, and dried oregano. The palate is bright with more cherries, chocolate, cloves, and floral notes. Long, elegant, and silky finish.
~ Luke Whittall