A division of Foxtrot Vineyards, Wapiti Cellars was started in the fall of 2010 to allow the winemakers, Nadine and Gustav Allander, to vinify non-Burgundian wines. A fan of aromatic whites and full bodied reds, Nadine is excited to be making a Viognier and looks forward to introducing a Bordeaux-style red in the future.
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 Pentictons’ Campbell Mountain Park.
A single vineyard wine, the grapes were picked on October 18, 2011 at 22.5° Brix from our contract vineyard, Red Brick Vineyards, located in Osoyoos. The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. After cold settling the wine was then fermented and aged for seven months in a selection of second fill and neutral French oak barriques. One hundred and ninety six cases of Wapiti Cellars 2011 Viognier were bottled on August 28, 2012.
Pale straw in colour, the wine displays aromas of apricot, ripe peach, and orange, with a hint of vanilla. These aromas are followed by citrus, honey and minerality on the palate. The lush midpalate is balanced by fresh acidity and a clean, lingering finish. The 2011 Viognier is an ideal wine to accompany any meal, especially seafood dishes or cheese plates.
pH: 3.48 TA: 5.85 g/L
RS: 0.20 g/L Alc: 12.5%