• 2010 Hendsbee Vineyard Petit Verdot

    A Small lot structured wine displaying old-world style. Floral notes and cherry wine gum. Highly ageable.

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    2010 PETIT VERDOT

    VINEYARD
    This single vineyard offering is grown in the Hendsbee Vineyard right behind our winery property on the Cawston Bench. The small Petit Verdot block was planted in 2006 and is carefully tended by Lee and Cheryl Hendsbee. This late-ripening grape needs all the help it can get to ripen in BC so we baby the grapes. Each cane is stripped of all clusters except for one. A tedious and expensive task as essentially over one half of the crop is sacrificed for the benefit of the remaining clusters. The rewards are ripe, deeply coloured and flavourful grapes to make our wine.

    SOILS
    This 12 acre property has nice rich sandy loam soil for 2 to 6 feet in depth depending on which part of the vineyard you are in. This sits on top of what seems to be endless gravel and/or river rock. The result is a moderately vigourous site with great drainage. There is an interesting seam of less fertile soil that runs through parts of the vineyard that makes noticeably different conditions for the vines.

    WINEMAKING
    The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into half ton open top fermenters where they were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight into two year old French barrels and then aged carefully for a full 28 months before blending, racking and bottling (unfiltered) in February of 2013. No fining was used. Minimal intervention is the key to the development of this wine. It is a true reflection of our terroir and a nod to old world wines.

    HARVEST DATE:Nov. 1st, 2010
    TA: 9.2 G/L
    pH: 3.25
    ALCOHOL: 13.4%
    75 cases produced

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    HENDSBEE VINEYARD PETIT VERDOT

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  • 2013 Beleza

    A delicious Bordeaux blend from the Cawston Bench. Rich, savoury and age-worthy. A terrific new vintage of our award winning big red.

    94 POINTS – John Schreiner

     

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    VINEYARDS This signature Bordeaux style blend from Orofino comes from our Home Vineyard and and our neighbour’s vineyard owned by Cheryl and Lee Hendsbee. The vines range from 7 years old to 25 years old. Small blocks of each of the Bordeaux varietals exist on each site on both self-rooted and grafted vines. Each variety is carefully cropped to ensure optimal ripeness. SOILS Both our 6 acre property and the Hendsbee Vineyard have nice rich sandy loam soil for 2 to 6 feet in depth depending on which part of the vineyard you are in. This sits on top of what seems to be endless gravel and/or river rock. The result is a moderately vigourous site with great drainage. There is an interesting seam of less fertile soil that runs through parts of the vineyards that makes noticeably different conditions for the vines. WINEMAKING The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into half ton open top fermenters where they were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight to new, one and two year old French barrels. Each varietal lot was kept separate and then aged carefully for 20 months before blending, racking and bottling (unfiltered). Only the best barrels were included in the final blend. No fining was used. Minimal intervention is the key to the development of this wine. It is a true reflection of our terroir. The blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.

    HARVEST DATES: Oct 15 – Nov. 10, 2013 TA: 6.9 G/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 14.2%

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  • 2014 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Classic elements of cherry and spice with hints of earth. Big aromatics and flavours. Released September 2015. This is made from our 5 clones of Pinot that grow in our Home Vineyard. Juicy and complex. This is very approachable now but will cellar nicely for 5 years.

    90 Points – John Schreiner

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    VINEYARD
    The grapes for this vintage come from our 3 distinct blocks of Pinot Noir on our home vineyard site on the Cawston Bench. We use all of the 25 year old Pommard clone block, our 12 year old block of Dijon clones 113 and 115, and our youngest block of clones 828 and 667 to produce this wine. Each clone brings certain characteristics to increase complexity.

    SOILS
    Our 6 acre property has nice rich sandy loam soil for 2 to 6 feet in depth depending on which part of the vineyard you are in. This sits on top of what seems to be endless gravel and/or river rock. The result is a moderately vigourous site with great drainage.

    WINEMAKING
    The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into half ton open top fermenters where they were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight to new and one year old French barrels. The wine was then aged carefully for 16 months before racking and bottling (unfiltered) in March of 2015. No fining was used. Minimal intervention is the key to the development of this wine.

    HARVEST DATES: October 7th & 8th, 2013
    BRIX: 23.6
    TA: 6.0 G/L
    Ph: 3.68
    ALCOHOL: 14.2%

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    $32.00

  • 2014 Passion Pit Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (SOLD OUT!)

    Beautiful ripe flavours of dark, juicy fruit along with notes of cocoa and cigar. Rich  satisfying tannins.

     

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    VINEYARD
    It is located about a 2 minute walk away from our winery. It was planted in 2007 by Greg Sanderson when he took 1.5 acres of his Passion Pit orchard and converted it to Cabernet for Orofino. We are now in control of all vineyard operations. It may just be the hottest site in the Similkameen Valley with perfect slope to catch the sun and backed by steep granite cliffs that capture and retain the summer heat.

    SOILS: angular granite shale and shallow soils. It sits right beside a former commercial gravel pit.

    THE NAME: The remote gravel pit was named the “Passion Pit” by locals. Ask any true local about the Passion Pit and you will likely get a shy smile or see a twinkle in their eye.

    WINEMAKING
    The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into half ton and 1 ton open top fermenters where they were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight to one and two year old French and American oak barrels. Each barrel was then inoculated for MLF. The wine was then aged carefully for 20 months before racking and bottling (unfiltered) in August of 2016. No fining was used.

    Date Picked: November 6, 2012
    Brix: 26.2
    TA 6.45
    Ph 3.50
    Alc. 14.9%

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    Passion Pit Vineyard

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  • 2014 Red Bridge Red

    70% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot.       Rich notes of black cherry, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and full.

    Double Gold and Best in Category at the 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships

    91 Points – John Schreiner

     

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    SOILS

    The vineyards are on a big slope with variable soils ranging from quite shallow sandy soils, to areas where there are more river rocks to a steep portion where it is rough and rocky. The world-class Cabernet and Syrah site is full of angular granite on a Cawston Bench in the Similkameen Valley.

     WINEMAKING

    The grapes were hand harvested and gently destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters. Various yeasts are used to increase complexity. The fermenters were hand-punched 3 times daily. After fermentation the wine was pressed and put into premium American and French barrels and left to age for 20 months before blending,racking and bottling unfiltered.

    BLEND

    70% Merlot

    10% Syrah

    10% Cabernet Sauvignon

    10% Petit Verdot

    TASTING NOTES

    Typical Red Bridge profile of dark cherry fruit and sage mixed with chocolate and flinty notes. Smooth tannins and mouth-filling richness lead to a satisfying finish. Drink now or cellar until 2021.

    HARVEST DATES: Oct 20-30, 2014

    Brix: 24

    TA: 6.2 g/l

    pH: 3.66

    alcohol: 14.5%

    650 cases produced

     

    $25.00

  • 2014 Scout Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    Beautiful notes of cassis and tobacco. Aged for 20 months in French oak. Big expression of the granite vineyard where this wine was born.

    92 Points – John Schreiner

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    SCOUT VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

    VINEYARD:

    This is the fourth vintage we have made from Murray and Maggie Fonteyne’s picturesque 6 acre vineyard located just a 5 minute drive south of our winery. The 10 year old vines are planted on a dramatic cut bank above the Similkameen River in one of the prettiest and hottest areas in Canada. The 1.8 acres of  thrive in the harsh rocky soil.

    Soils: Stemwinder Soil Classification-angular granite mixed with sandy loam

     

    Clones:  Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 191

     WINEMAKING:

    The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into 1 ton open top fermenters where they were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight to one and two year old French barrels. The wine was then aged carefully for 20 months before racking and bottling (unfiltered) in early September of 2016.  No fining was used.

    Date Picked: October 18, 2014

    Brix 24.2

    TA 6.3 g/l

    Ph 3.67

    Alcohol 14.9%

    250 cases produced

    $29.00

  • 2014 Scout Vineyard Syrah (SOLD OUT!)

    Shows wild earthy notes filled out by black fruits, a chalky minerality, and smooth tannins.

    92 POINTS – John Schreiner

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    $29.00/bottle

    VINEYARD:
    This is the sixth vintage we have made from Murray and Maggie Fonteyne’s picturesque 6 acre vineyard located just a 5 minute drive south of our winery. The 10 year old vines are planted on a dramatic cut bank above the Similkameen River in one of the prettiest and hottest areas in Canada. The 2.2 acres of Syrah thrive in the harsh rocky soil.

    Soils: Stemwinder Soil Classification-angular granite mixed with sandy loam
    Clones: Syrah 239 and 99

    WINEMAKING
    The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into 1 ton open top fermenters where they were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight to one and two year old French barrels with a percentage of new American oak barrels utilized as well. The wine was then aged carefully for 20 months before racking and bottling (unfiltered) in late August of 2016. No fining was used.

    Date Picked: October 9th & 15th, 2014
    Brix 24.0
    TA 5.9 g/l
    Ph 3.80
    Alcohol 14.8%
    3
    00 cases produced

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    Scout Vineyard

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  • 2015 Blind Creek Chardonnay (SOLD OUT!)

    40% fermented and aged in barrels. Great texture and loads of lemony flavours with a hint of fennel. Small production single vineyard wine. Rich and typical Orofino Chardonnay.

  • 2015 Hendsbee Vineyard Riesling

    Dry, fresh acidity with notes of lime and minerality. Seriously good and highly concentrated Riesling. An Orofino classic.

    91 Points – John Schreiner

     

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    VINEYARD
    This vineyard is located adjacent to our Home Vineyard and therefore shares many of the same qualities. The Riesling blocks were planted in 2006 and 2008. Cheryl and Lee Hendsbee own the property and do all of the work themselves. It is their fine attention to detail which produces some of the finest grapes we work with. Clones 239 and 21B are planted and each bring their own characteristics to the wine.

    SOILS
    The flat vineyard soil is quite rich and rockless for 2-4 feet depending on where one digs. But once you hit the rock, it is all gravel and river rock for 100 feet. It would be classified as sandy-loam with considerable organic matter.

    WINEMAKING
    Of the 3 vineyard-designated Rieslings we produced in 2013, this is the one that most resembles our previous vintages of Riesling. It is crisp and bright with very little residual sugar. The grapes were gently destemmed and then pressed in our old Wilmmes bladder press. It was then settled in stainless steel tanks and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve aromatics. A variety of carefully chosen yeasts were used to help enhance complexity.


    $21.90/BOTTLE
    Harvest Dates: September 4th and 12th
    Brix: 21.2 brix Average
    TA 7.65 g/l
    RS 1.7 g/l

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  • 2015 Pinot Gris (SOLD OUT!)

    Partially fermented and aged in a concrete tank. Big aromatics and mouthfeel. Orchard fruit with slate. Bright and full of flavour.

  • 2015 Scout Vineyard Riesling

    Slightly off dry with fresh apple and some tropical notes. Juicy mouthfeel. Flat out delicious.

    91 POINTS – John Schreiner

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    VINEYARD
    This is the fourth vintage we have made from Murray and Maggie Fonteyne’s picturesque 6 acre vineyard located just a 5 minute drive south of our winery. The 9 year old vines are planted on a dramatic cut bank above the Similkameen River in one of the prettiest and hottest areas in Canada. The 2 acres of Riesling derive interesting flavours from the harsh rocky soil. It is a very different vineyard than the other vineyards where we get Riesling from.
    CLONES: Riesling 239 and 21B

    SOILS
    Stemwinder Soil Classification-angular granite mixed with sandy loam.

    WINEMAKING
    The grapes were hand harvested then gently destemmed and pressed in our old wilmmes bladder press. The wine was settled and then moved to a stainless tank for fermentation. Fermentation was cool and long with a chosen yeast strains to help increase complexity. The wines were kept on the lees for a few months before being racked, filtered and bottled.

    Harvest Date: September 12, 2015
    Brix: 20.5
    TA: 7.05
    RS. 7.5 g/l

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  • 2015 Wild Ferment Old Vines Riesling

    Complex rich textures with a touch of residual sugar. Flavours of lime and stones. 100% old barrel fermented and aged. 100% Home Vineyard coming from vines planted in 1989.

    $29.00

  • 2016 Moscato Frizzante

    Floral notes balanced with fresh bubbles. Fun and delicious.

    90 Points – John Schreiner

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    VINEYARDS
    This delicious little sparkler was grown in both our Home Vineyard and in the Hendsbee Vineyard that is planted right next door to the winery. The Muscats used are off of our 28 year old vines and the Hendsbees’s 8 year old Muscat Bianco vines. We blend in a little bit of Riesling for fresh acidity and a touch of Pinot Gris for some BC flare.

    SOILS
    Both our 6 acre property and the Hendsbee Vineyard have nice rich sandy loam soil for 2 to 6 feet in depth depending on which part of the vineyard you are in. This sits on top of what seems to be endless gravel and/or river rock. The result is a moderately vigorous site with great drainage. There is an interesting seam of less fertile soil that runs through parts of the vineyards that makes noticeably different conditions for the vines.

    WINEMAKING
    All 3 varietals are picked at optimum ripeness with special consideration for acidity and aromatics. They are fermented separately and then blended at filtration. Every effort is made to create fine mousse and a mouthfeel suitable for food pairings. The finish is quite dry.

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    $25.00

  • 2016 Pozza Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé (1.5 litre magnums) SOLD OUT!

    Our very first Rosé and its a stunner! Grown high up on the hillside in the cool Olalla Gap just 7 kilometers from our winery, this bone dry, pretty little wine is built for every occasion. Floral, with minerality and a classic Cab Franc herbaceous note, this 10.8% alcohol is so easy to enjoy we just had to put it into 1.5 litre magnums. Only 400 mags produced.

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    This inaugural Rosé from Orofino is a fine example of careful site selection and the diversity of the Similkameen Appellation. The Pozza Vineyard is like no other site in the Valley. It is situated on a big slope at high elevation with a Northerly aspect tucked around a mountain just off of Highway 3A in the Olalla Gap. It is hidden from morning sun and is one of the coolest sites around, yet surrounded by true desert conditions. This allows for long hang times for mature phenolics and slow sugars accumulations. Soils are typical sandy loam over gravel and round river rocks.

    This small block of Cabernet Franc was picked solely for the purpose of making a Rosé. Destemmed and lightly crushed, then left for a short period of time on the skins before being pressed off. The wine was fermented at cool temperatures to help preserve the delicate aromatics. After fermenting until dry, the wine was filtered and bottled. No fining additives were used.

    This stylish, dry Rosé displays classic bright red fruits and high citrus tones with a hint of pepper and crushed rock. It is a terrific food wine that begs to be added to a picnic basket. Produced in 1.5 Litre Magnums because all good Rosé wines should come in big bottles.

    Harvest Date: Sept. 30, 2016

    Brix: 18.2

    TA: 8.1 g

    Ph. 3.58

    Alcohol: 10.8%

    $40.00

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  • Gamay 2016

    Bright and fresh with juicy red fruits and loads of minerality. Chill slightly and enjoy! Awesome vintage!!

    90 Points – John Schreiner

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    This Gamay is an homage to our love affair with Beaujolais. Meant to be highly drinkable and very food-friendly. Drink this all year long at both summer BBQs and with winter braised dishes. It is fermented on the skins with a minimal amount of carbonic maceration. The wine is hand-punched until fermentation is complete and then gently pressed off the skins and put into older French barrels for 5 months.  The wine is then carefully racked and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Very minimal intervention throughout the winemaking process.

    Vineyard Soil Type: Granite shale all over the place on a southwest facing slope. 14 year old vines.

    $23.00

  • Pozza Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

    Our first public release of 100% cabernet franc. Wild fermented and aged in concrete and neutral barrels for 6 months. Savoury herbs, red fruit and exotic spice fill the glass. Bottled unfiltered with minimal intervention this wine ups the “wine geek” content in our portfolio for sure. A bold statement for a different style of Cab Franc here in BC.

    $23.00

  • Wild Ferment Syrah 2016

    100% Concrete aged. Black fruits, wild game and wet stones are all wrapped up in a seductive silky package. Single Vineyard. As local as it gets. A game-changer.

     

     

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    VINEYARD

    This is the 3rd vintage we have made of this style of Syrah from Murray and Maggie Fonteyne’s picturesque 6 acre vineyard located just a 5 minute drive south of our winery. The 11 year old vines are planted on a dramatic cut bank above the Similkameen River in one of the prettiest and hottest areas in Canada. The 2.2 acres of Syrah thrive in the harsh rocky soil.

    Soils: Stemwinder Soil Classification-angular granite mixed with sandy loam

    Clones:  Syrah 239 and 99

     

    WINEMAKING

    The grapes were hand harvested and then gently destemmed and lightly crushed into 1 ton open top fermenters where it was left to ferment with indigenous yeast The ferments were hand punched 3 times per day until completion of fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight into 3 1000l concrete tanks that were constructed by a local concrete company using local concrete only.These are the first locally made concrete wine tanks in the province. Local sustainable, and interesting.   The wine was then aged 5 months before racking and bottling (unfiltered) in March of 2017. No fining was used.

    TASTING NOTES

    Our inspiration came from visits to progressive wineries in California and a trip to Beaujolais and the Rhone Valley. Our soils produce good minerality in our wines and the concrete used helps to amplify that and to express the grapes and the vineyard where they are grown. Rich black fruit, wild game and wet stones are all part of this wine. It is backed by supple, ripe tannins.

    Date Picked: October 8, 2016

    Brix 23.7

    TA 6.5 g/l

    Ph 3.73

    Alcohol 13.8%

    280 cases produced

    $29.00