The View Winery and White Pinotage

Background

the-view-2The View Winery is situated on a parcel of land in Kelowna that has been in the Turton/Ward family for 5 generations. In the mid-1990’s, a transition began and orchard rows were replaced with 48 acres of vines.  Spartans and McIntosh gave way to Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Ehrenfelser and Pinotage. In 2006, plans were started for premium wines and the old packinghouse built in 1922 was transformed into a winery. The winery’s first year of BC Wine production in 2007 was 500 cases  of Gewurztraminer and Pinotage.

the-view-1Since 2006 Jennifer Turton-Molgat has proudly led The View Winery to success in her role as President.  Jennifer’s vision and inspiration for the winery and its vineyards are drawn from her family’s passion for the land as pioneering Kelowna orchardists and agriculturists since 1922.

Winemakers

The View Winery is lucky to have two winemakers, Kristy French and Mike Anderson who have worked together on crafting all of the wines in The Views’ Portfolio since 2013.

kristy-photoKristy French is a graduate of Western Australia’s Curtin University Wine Excellence Center in Margaret River with a Bachelor’s of Science in Viticulture and Oenology. Her winery career started with an historic winery on the Swan River in the heart of Swan Valley, Australia.  Since her move to Canada in 2006 Kristy has enjoyed working in both the wine and brewing industry.

mike-photoMike Anderson grew up in the Okanagan Valley and graduated with a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia’s Wine Research Centre. Before landing at The View Mike gained experience working in the cellars and vineyards at Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery, Nk’Mip Cellars and Stag’s Hollow in addition to overseas in New Zealand’s Marlborough Valley.

2015 and 2016 Vintages

Mike Anderson provided the following comments.

Both 2015 and 2016 will be exceptional vintages for The View.  The extremely warm temperatures in 2015 delivered very ripe fruit with exceptional flavours.  However, we had to manage slightly higher alcohols than normal for our whites.  One challenge for us in 2015 was the timing of our Cider and Wine harvests.  In a normal year, we have about 3 weeks in early September to get a head start on our apple harvest for our Wards Cider before we see any grapes coming to the winery. In 2015 everything seemed to be ready at the same time, and we received our first lot of grapes on September 15th (earlier than ever) and had a steady stream of both grapes and apples coming to the winery at the same time until the end of October which kept us on our toes all vintage long.

In 2016, despite being cooler than 2015, the extended spring gave us an early start and we received beautifully balanced fruit with respect to low alcohols, great flavour, bright acids … very little adjustments had to be made in the cellar.  Fortunately, our Pinotage ripens quite early compared to some other bigger reds down south so we didn’t have an issue getting to full Brix and tannin level that we like to see.

Lastly, because our fruit is all estate grown, we were able to properly manage and keep a close eye on our vineyard year round, and our vineyard team did an outstanding job of keeping mildew and rot at bay, it what was a very wet year and fall in particular in Kelowna.

Future Plans

2015 was a big year of growth for us as we hit nearly 8000 Cases of VQA table wine (our largest harvest ever) not including our Bling Sparkling Wine in a can, and our lineup of Wards Ciders. We had a lineup of small lot new releases that we introduced including a Pinot Gris, Ehrenfelser, and a partially barrel fermented Gewurztraminer, all of which are returning in similar volumes in 2016 (less than 200 cases) and a unique limited release White Pinotage wine.

We believe our White Pinotage to be North Americas First still White Pinotage, a Blanc de Noir from this red grape.  We have nearly sold out with only a few cases remaining at the winery and are happy to say we are increasing production bringing this wine back in 2016.  This adds to our existing Pinotage Reserve (red) and Pinotage Rose in our portfolio to make a unique trifecta of wines available to try, a very neat contrast in winemaking styles and decisions.

(Our 2015 distraction Frizzante was even a bubbly of 70% Pinotage Rose).  In 2016 we are also taking advantage of our Charmat Style tanks and producing a white sparkling wine (Riesling Based) in the Charmat Method, a brand new wine to look for from us on the shelves next year.

Lastly, in 2017 we are anticipating our first harvest of Pinot Noir from our estate vineyard’s 5-acre block, and are looking forward to adding another red wine to our portfolio in the near future.

The Wines

The View White Pinotage 2015. Introducing North America’s First White Pinotage. Whole bunches were  delicately and slowly pressed which prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins for this beautiful blanc de noir.  Fresh aromas of floral, citrus and subtle berry, with flavours of pineapple and white peach.

The View Silver Lining Red 2015 is an approachable, easy-drinking crowd pleaser. A blend of Pinotage, Merlot and Baco Noir, it is juicy and jammy with vibrant dark cherry, ripe plum and a hint of spice.

For the complete portfolio of The View BC Wines, pease visit the winery website here.

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