Oldfield Series 2Bench White 2015

With the elevated levels of Viognier in this wine the apricot and stone fruit nose is prominent much earlier than in the 2014. It shows the heat of the vintage by being more opulent than the 2014 this early on, but it delivers on power and poise very nicely. The weight and texture are the hallmark of this wine, with a viscosity and mouthfeel that is only found in some of the world’s most interesting wines. 

"Mostly chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier with semillion and muscat, the 2Bench white has been knocking it out of the park for years. Tropical fruits with plenty of spice and some prominent barrel flavours give excellent mouthfeel and a slightly zingy finish. Suitable for roasted chicken, herb-rubbed pork shoulder or a hearty prime rib - Tom Firth, Culinaire Magazine, March 2017.

"marvellous white with an especially luscious, ripe quality that might best be described as seductive" 92 points - Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, Sep 2016
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"Sonoma County product Sandra Oldfield, a proud graduate of University of California-Davis, continues to prove that British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley ranks among the best wine growing regions on the West Coast. This latest blend of her family’s vineyards on the Black Sage Bench and the Golden Mile Bench is a remarkable melange of Chardonnay (29%), Sauvignon Blanc (27%), Viognier (26%), Sèmillon (13%) and Muscat. Portions of the Sauvignon Blanc and the Viognier experienced some French oak, but most of this blend was nurtured in stainless steel. The nose is widely expressive with hints of kiwi, lemon/lime, crushed filberts, jicama and tutti frutti. While the flavors feature pineapple, pear and apple, its hallmark is the fascinating mouth feel that provides a sense of tannin, nuttiness and burst of citrusy acidity. At the on-premise Miradoro Restaurant, suggested pairings off the menu include Albacore Tuna Putanesca Calamarata or Grilled Ocotopus. Rating: Outstanding!" - Great Northwest Wine, March 2017.

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Tasting Notes
With the elevated levels of Viognier in this wine the apricot and stone fruit nose is prominent much earlier than in the 2014. It shows the heat of the vintage by being more opulent than the 2014 this early on, but it delivers on power and poise very nicely. The weight and texture are the hallmark of this wine, with a viscosity and mouthfeel that is only found in some of the world’s most interesting wines.
Ratings
*91 points - Rick Vansickle, Aug 2016. *92 points - Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, Sep 2016 "The Okanagan’s warm 2015 growing season no doubt helped imbue this marvellous white with an especially luscious, ripe quality that might best be described as seductive. A blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier, sémillon and muscat, it was partly fermented in French-oak barrels for added richness. Medium-full-bodied and almost – but not quite – off-dry, it’s plump with suggestions of pineapple, peach, pear and lychee, lifted by whispers of spicy ginger and toasty oak. Perfect for liver pâtés, Asian dishes, ripe cheeses or even gamy meats, such as lamb". *91 points - Liam Carrier, Icon Scores. *93 points - John Schreiner.
Awards
Silver Medal - Cascadia Wine Competition 2017
Vineyard Notes
The hot growing season of 2015 worked out very well for the Bordeaux and Rhone grape varieties that dominate this blend as they can soak up the hot summer days. The Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier in this wine were picked a full month apart and highlight the unique range of flavour and structure in the blend. With the Semillon being the lone variety in this blend on the Black Sage bench, not only does the wine show multi varietal components but also multiple terroirs.
Winemaker Notes
The wine is made by fermenting a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier with natural yeast in new and used French Oak barrels (some barriques, some puncheons). The Semillon, Muscat and Chardonnay are fermented in stainless steel using selected yeast to help emphasize the tropical aromatics of this wine and retain a vibrant freshness. Once fermentation is completed, taking up to several months, the wines are blended and gently fined and filtered prior to bottling in the early summer.
Production
Cases made: 1500
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
White Blend
Appellation
Okanagan
Harvest Date
September / October 2015
pH
3.64
Bottling Date
June 2016
Residual Sugar
3.6
Alcohol %
13.5
Product Reviews
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Nadia Graham
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(Sep 5, 2016 at 3:48 PM)
Delicious wine for drinking on long summer afternoons.

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Doug Mills
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(Nov 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM)
Love this white - perfect party wine

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Gary Mearns
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(Dec 17, 2016 at 11:49 AM)
A terrific white wine especially when chilled appropriately.

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Lori
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(Jan 21, 2017 at 1:46 PM)
I just tried this wine over Christmas, definitely my new favorite!! Looking forward to coming to the winery soon for a tasting. 😊

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Oldfield Series 2Bench White 2015