Varietal 45% Riesling, 55% Chardonnay
Vineyard St. Hubertus Vineyard (Old Block), Mission District Kelowna. Paxon Family Vineyard, Naramata. ConVida Vineyard, Skaha Bluffs.
In a word, 2016 was a totally unprecedented growing season. The winter was extremely moderate with budbreak occurring April 13th – the earliest budbreak on record in the Okanagan – which set the tone for the season. Flowering was early, Spring was hot, and record breaking temperatures in the mid-thirties extended growing degree days (even in March) and produced a full vineyard canopy by mid-May. From a viticultural perspective, this was alarming. We left all shoots to create a heavier crop to retard the potential for early sugar ripeness. Once the fruit set, we left more than usual to ripen. In June and July, the Okanagan saw rain. Mildew was an ever-present threat prompting our vineyard crew to act preventively and quickly open the canopy for airflow. Cooler temperatures prevented early ripeness in mid-June, and continued through July. August saw a temperature spike before returning to cooler temperatures in September. Veraison was early and uneven across varietals. Our first pick was for our bubble on August 22nd with all of our tonnage completely picked by October 12th and vinified by the end of October. Despite an early start, we saw low pH and lower brix than previous vintages demonstrating that 2016 will express a cooler vintage profile. Overall, expect more freshness, minerality, and better balance than the warmer three preceding vintages.
Quotidien means “your daily ration” and was made in JoieFarm’s pursuit of fun, accessible every day bubble drinking. The base wine is aged sur lie in neutral puncheons and, with extra care, intentionally oxidized with a slowly aged solara in Joie’s cellars prior to second fermentation by charmat method. Made from Chardonnay and Riesling grapes, JoieFarm Quotidien Brut hangs its hat on BC’s signature varieties and Canada’s potential to be a serious player in the sparkling wine world.
Tasting Notes and Pairing Suggestions
Vigorous fine mousse creates a mouthful of lemon meringue and pineapple fruit precisely balanced by juicy, racy acidity. The beautiful lingering toasty finish is complex and a satisfying accompaniment to fresh oysters, fried olives gourgères and salty aged cheese. A versatile bubble always ready for fun.