Award-winning Clos du Soleil Winery is notorious for its commitment to crafting beautiful wines inspired by the great wines of Bordeaux that are unmistakably reflections of the Similkameen Valley. Since their inception, they have championed a philosophy of minimal-interventionist winemaking and biodynamic viticulture. The outcome of this is critically acclaimed wines sought after by collectors of fine wines.
One of their autumn releases, the much anticipated Béton 2016, is no exception. This select small lot wine is an exploration of the impact of concrete fermentation and maturation on Bordeaux varietals. An elegant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it’s a brilliant purple-red in the glass, with an expressive and aromatic nose. Imagine pure blackberry, blackcurrant, mint, and raspberry with beautiful lifted floral components, juicy and rich on the palate with full fine-grained tannins, a rounded texture and traces of sagebrush. It is a wine of precision and elegance, displaying the fruit front and centre. It is offered exclusively to Clos du Soleil’s wine club members due to its limited availability. This exceptional wine is destined to become another award winner.
Other Wine Club Perks
Access to limited edition wines is not the only perk of membership in Clos du Soleil’s Wine Club, it’s also the best way to ensure tickets to the winery’s premiere event: Verticale. This invitation-only occasion is hosted by Clos du Soleil’s winemaker Michael Clark and Master of Wine Rhys Pender. It is an exploration of the lineage of their two flagship wines: Capella and Signature. There are also other treats from the winery’s private library. All of this is paired with a regionally- multicourse meal by renowned chef, Natasha Schooten.
The winery is also introducing its Fumé Blanc 2017 and Syrah 2016 (the prior vintage quickly sold-out). This is one of the dangers of a small artisanal winery, so wine aficionados, make sure to visit soon or risk being disappointed! These wines are fated to draw attention to themselves.