TERRAVISTA VINEYARDS Figaro
Subtle aromas of yellow fruits mingled with apple and almond aromas entertain the nose. A focused rich palate with ample structure proceeds and sizzles with flavors of fresh-cut peach and richness of apple compote with a slight twist of lemon on the finish.
Region: Naramata, B.C.
Varietal: 65% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne, 30% Viognier
Suggested Retail Price $29
AWARDS & RATINGS
GOLD - National Wine Awards of Canada
91 POINTS - David Lawrason
"This is an excellent blend of two Rhone varieties: roussanne and viognier. It sports a lovely bright nose of yellow pear/plum, gentle spice, spearmint and anise. It's full bodied, warm yet fresh and bright with apricot and spice on the finish. Excellent length. Tasted June 2017"
90 POINTS - Brad Royale
Roussanne \ROO san\ Viognier\vee OH nyay\ Marsanne \mahr SAN\
The French have long ruled in the alchemy of blending complementary varietals to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its sometimes humble parts. These varietals all hail from the Rhone Valley, where Roussanne and Marsanne are blended in the north to form the white wines of of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and St-Péray. Generally Marsanne is the dominant partner and it lends colour, body and weight to the blend, as well as richly scented fruit. Roussanne, a notoriously low yielder and pernickety to grow, produces intensely aromatic wines which contribute bouquet, delicacy and finesse to the blend. Viognier is used on it's own to produce Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet. In the Southern Rhone, the three are increasingly blended together and this style has also come into favour elsewhere in the world, namely California and Australia. Expect perfumed aromas, exotic honeysuckle, apricot, peach and orange blossom nuances and the richness of Chardonnay.
Region & Vineyard Notes
The Naramata Bench sits on the eastern shore of Lake Okanagan, and benefits from warm sunny days and a long growing season, as well as the moderating effects of the lake and its gentle slopes and varied soil types. The Terravista estate has a great southwestern slope with very rocky, sandy soils. In elevation it is above the heavier lake deposits characteristic of the lower benches -- an excellent location to plant the Spanish white grapes varietals the Tennants wanted to grow.