The 2017 VRM is light gold in colour and has a rich tapestry of aromas to delight the senses. On the nose, there are strongly lifted notes of apricot, white peach, mandarin orange, marzipan, pineapple, banana, quince, and golden delicious apple. Those flavours carry on to the expansive, rich, sumptuous palate and great length of flavour. The overall impression is of a wine that is complex, full and rich, but with elegance, delicacy, and impeccable balance. The blend: 78% Roussanne, 13% Viognier, 9% Marsanne.
The 2017 growing season was an interesting and highly unusual roller coaster ride, with a wet and cool spring giving way to one of the warmest and driest summers in 40 years. The grapes for this Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne blend were sourced from the Blind Creek Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. During harvest, the ripening grapes were sampled bi-weekly to measure flavour development and sugar content, and they were picked at the optimum point of flavour for the intended style of the VRM blend, which is rich, round, and complex.