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Sandhill Viognier Blanc 2006

Member Review by veeownyeah:

Just like the label said, apricot and peach notes were readily apparent. Medium-full fruit flavour, leaning more to peach than apricot, some grassy/herbaceous infusion. Nice flinty finish. Definitely opened up once it warmed up a degree or two - be patient, wait a short while after removing from your cooler. $29.99 Cdn at liberty wine. A few bucks less and my rating would jump up.

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Winery: Sandhill Winery
Color: White
Varietal: Viognier
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Sandhill Winery:
Working with single vineyards is about showing off the lineage of the wines. With vineyard designators, you know that the wine comes from the same piece of ground in British Columbia, vintage after vintage. The style will progress but the fundamental fruit flavors will remain the same, an assurance of consistency and high quality. Our winemaking techniques are designed to enhance, not interfere... Read more
Working with single vineyards is about showing off the lineage of the wines. With vineyard designators, you know that the wine comes from the same piece of ground in British Columbia, vintage after vintage. The style will progress but the fundamental fruit flavors will remain the same, an assurance of consistency and high quality. Our winemaking techniques are designed to enhance, not interfere with, fruit flavors. Two words you will hear frequently from Howard to describe his winemaking technique are "gentle" and "non-interventionist". Great fruit, helped along only when necessary using a soft touch, will result in great wine. Sandhill Red Wines Howard applies this philosophy to making red wines by using gentle techniques to extract colour, aroma, and flavour compounds from the grapes. In order to realize the quality needed for Sandhill, the juice must have intimate contact with all parts of the ripe grapes. During the subsequent pressing of the grape skins only the high quality first pressings are gathered into oak barrels for ageing. To ensure that only the finest quality lots go into our wines, Howard keeps all lots separate, from the vineyard block through to the barrel ageing. With this dedication and attention to detail, only the top lots will be developed and then selected for the final Sandhill blend. Sandhill White Wines The methods used to extract the greatest fruit qualities from white grapes are slightly different than for reds. With whites, whole cluster pressing is used to preserve the characteristics of the grape by extracting the juice quickly so it does not extract phenolics (astringency) from the skins. As with reds, we use only the finest quality juice from our press, principally free run and juice from low pressure pressings. Even during the fermentation and ageing, Howard prefers not to interfere with the pure taste from the vineyard. Malolactic fermentation is rarely used and ageing in oak is kept to a minimum. Finally, as with reds, Howard uses careful lot selection prior to creating his final blend, ensuring that all of the wine that goes into the bottles is a true expression of the single vineyard he is working with. Read less

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Snooth User: veeownyeah
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3.50 5
03/06/2009

Just like the label said, apricot and peach notes were readily apparent. Medium-full fruit flavour, leaning more to peach than apricot, some grassy/herbaceous infusion. Nice flinty finish. Definitely opened up once it warmed up a degree or two - be patient, wait a short while after removing from your cooler. $29.99 Cdn at liberty wine. A few bucks less and my rating would jump up.


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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

The 12-acre Osprey Vineyard on Black Sage Road is owned by Sandhill vineyard manager Robert Goltz. Here, he is dedicated to trials of densely-planted Rhone variety grapes, including Viognier, which he has expanded to a third of his entire vineyard. That is a substantial commitment to the variety, considering that the total planted in the Okanagan is just over 50 acres.Sandhill winemaker Howard Soon made his first vintage of Goltz’s Viognier in 2004, producing only 93 cases. In 2006, he was able to make a comparatively prodigious 279 cases.It is a memorable example of an Okanagan Viognier, starting with alluring aromas of peaches and apricots. On the palate, the texture is generously rich, with flavours of honey and apricots. The finish is dry with mineral notes and persistent fruit flavours. 89 points.



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