As a grape grower, Fairview Cellars owner Bill Eggert (pictured) is acutely aware of the variations between seasons. Temperature averages and rainfall levels over the spring have an effect on how the vines will progress through the rest of the season. “2015 is one of the earliest years I’ve ever seen in the Okanagan,” says Bill. “We are at least 2 full weeks ahead.” He notes that in 2014 his vineyard was in full bloom by June 15th while this year it was June 1st. There was good bud break in the spring followed by tremendous growth because of regular spring rains, which allowed the shoots to reach the top trellis wire by the beginning of June.
The first 2013 red to be released will be the Bucket O’ Blood. A preview tasting of this vintage had aromas that said, “Please drink me!” while the palate said, “I will get better with age.” Look for this wine near August 1st and consume or cellar on your own terms. Also due for release mid-summer is the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Showing an intensely fruity nose and a palate of ripe apples, the acidity is less bracing than previous vintages, perfectly reflecting the hotter growing season.
~ Luke Whittall