FARMERS Duncan Billing
OWNERS Christine Coletta & Steve Lornie
LOCATION Oliver, Okanagan, British Columbia
VINEYARD Secrest Mountain Vineyard is a 50-acre site, home to a 38 acre (15 ha) vineyard situated on a flat south-west facing bench in a high mountain setting 487 meters (1,600 feet) above sea level. This cool site has flat alluvial soils studded with coarse gravel and sandy loam with limestone layers. The vineyard was planted in 2000 with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir. Since 2010, it has been farmed under the direction of Okanagan Crush Pad and a conversion to organic farming practices was started in 2014. In 2018 when Brad and Dave Wise decided to retire, the winery purchased the property from the family and will carry on with the work that the Wise family has done for the past 18 years.
WINEMAKERS Matt Dumayne, Jordan Kubek
WINEMAKING This special cuvee was bottled in early January, 2014 and remained on its lees in tirage for 52 months. At disgorgement we chose not to add a dosage, believing the wine had achieved balance all on its own.
WINE PROFILE When originally released, the wine demonstrated classic warm bread aromas and a crisp green apple finish. Now, with aging, toasted hazelnut aromas are emerging with a creamy red apple palate and white grapefruit freshness to finish.