Le Vieux Pin Aurore 2005

External Review by Appellation America:

The design of the newly-built Le Vieux Pin winery, on a ridge above Oliver, is said to be been inspired either by barns or by railroad stations in France. Judging from this wine, there is a fair bit of French sensibility informing the winery’s approach to viticulture and its wines. The grapes for this wine were grown on a small but very steep vineyard near Osoyoos Lake. Where LVP has older vines with deep roots, irrigation is minimized, which is unusual for the hot, dry south Okanagan, to the point where vineyard manager Harold Gaudy is almost dry-farming. The objective is reduced tonnage and, therefore, more flavour in the grapes and the wines. This Sauvignon Blanc was cropped at a lean 2 ½ tons an acre.Aurore displays a marked Graves style. Seventy percent of the wine was fermented in French oak (new and used), leaving hints of oak in the aroma, supporting the fruit and lending richness to the palate. The wine shows subtle hints of citrus and minerals, finishing crisply and dryly with a touch of anise. Only 30 cases were produced. 87 points.

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Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
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Le Vieux Pin:
Our vineyard strategy is an acknowledgement of the Old World with a gust of New World History has demonstrated that the best wines ultimately come from the best vineyard sites. This is "terroir." Fortunately for us (and you), the Okanagan Valley happens to be one of the best wine regions with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils. There is a perceptible difference in temperature... Read more
Our vineyard strategy is an acknowledgement of the Old World with a gust of New World History has demonstrated that the best wines ultimately come from the best vineyard sites. This is "terroir." Fortunately for us (and you), the Okanagan Valley happens to be one of the best wine regions with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils. There is a perceptible difference in temperature and greenery, from the lushness of the north to the sage ridden desert in the South. According to WineBC, the area between Oliver and Osoyoos is the northernmost tip of the northernmost desert in the world; the Sonora Desert. Summers are generally very hot with July and August being warmer than Napa Valley, but the evenings are markedly cooler. Osoyoos has 1450 growing degree days and 8 inches of average annual rainfall (WineBC.com). Low rainfall, high heat units and a dry environment allow us to farm in a sustainable manner with all the respect the land deserves. Along with our sister winery Lastella we have 50 acres scattered through the South Okanagan in small parcels from 8.5 acres to 12 acres. We also contract grapes from quality minded growers who have certified organic vineyards or grow sustainably. Read less

External Reviews for Le Vieux Pin Aurore

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

The design of the newly-built Le Vieux Pin winery, on a ridge above Oliver, is said to be been inspired either by barns or by railroad stations in France. Judging from this wine, there is a fair bit of French sensibility informing the winery’s approach to viticulture and its wines. The grapes for this wine were grown on a small but very steep vineyard near Osoyoos Lake. Where LVP has older vines with deep roots, irrigation is minimized, which is unusual for the hot, dry south Okanagan, to the point where vineyard manager Harold Gaudy is almost dry-farming. The objective is reduced tonnage and, therefore, more flavour in the grapes and the wines. This Sauvignon Blanc was cropped at a lean 2 ½ tons an acre.Aurore displays a marked Graves style. Seventy percent of the wine was fermented in French oak (new and used), leaving hints of oak in the aroma, supporting the fruit and lending richness to the palate. The wine shows subtle hints of citrus and minerals, finishing crisply and dryly with a touch of anise. Only 30 cases were produced. 87 points.



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