Wapiti Cellars 2012 Viognier
Wapiti Cellars was named after the local herd of wapiti (commonly known as elk) that inhabit the hills above Naramata. Not indigenous to the region, this herd of wapiti was introduced in 1928 by an unusual series of events. Rail cars carrying wapiti from the Alberta Rockies arrived in Penticton via barge and were then transferred onto the tracks of the Kettle Valley railway. A wheel bearing promptly burnt out, and the cars were shuttled onto the Adra siding located just outside the village of Naramata. With no way of feeding or watering the wapiti while the train was being repaired, the herd was set loose into the hills above Naramata. Despite an attempt to round up those individuals several years later, the herd continued to flourish. Today, there are around 200 wapiti roaming the hills between Okanagan Mountain Park and Penticton’s’ Campbell Mountain Park.
A single vineyard wine, the grapes were picked on October23, 2012 at 23.0° Brix from a Red Brick Vineyard in Osoyoos. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented and aged for ten months in second and third fill, 100% French oak barriques. One hundred and seventy seven cases of Wapiti Cellars 2012 Viognier were bottled on November 6, 2013.
Pale straw in colour, the wine displays aromas of apricot, orange, honey and marsipan. The palate reveals notes of green apple, apricot, finishing of with citrus freshness. The rich and round mouth feel is balanced by bright acidity on the finish, making this an ideal wine to accompany a meal.
Acid/pH: 6.9 g/L /3.43