FANDANGO 2019 - Released May 15!
Our blend of two white grape varieties, Albariño and Verdejo. The only wine of these grapes produced in Canada! Grown at our home vineyard on the Naramata Bench at Lone Hand Ranch. For the first time Fandango has the Sub GI label! 100% Naramata Bench. Tough granitic soils of glacial origin characterize the vineyard.
Our 9th vintage Fandango is composed of Albariño (61%) and Verdejo (39%), both estate grown at our Lone Hand Ranch vineyard.
The nose boasts citrus, baked pear, white peach and delicate nectarine. A hint of white blossom and lime accompany. There is an appealing underripe melon and an abundance of fresh stonefruit on the palate, showcasing the Verdejo from Lone Hand Ranch. The mouthfeel is round and luscious, with a long and balanced finish.
Travel to Spain on the Naramata Bench with a Polbo á feira (Galician octopus) or elegantly pair with Garlic Scallop Linguine garnished with citrus zest and cilantro.
The grapes were hand picked, gently whole cluster pressed and cool fermented separately. Bench blending trials determined the final Albariño/Verdejo blend from our home vineyard.
Nadine Allander ~ winemaker
Silver Medal - 2020 Lieutenant Governor Awards
91 Points, Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine, Tasted June 2020
This 9th vintage of Canada's sole Albariño and Verdejo blend (obvs) has the nested Naramata Bench - Okanagan Valley appellation this year. From their Lone Hand Ranch and its granitic soils, the varieties were fermented separately, and then blended to make up the final 61/39 blend. Tight and nervy with lime pith, crunchy pear, anise, green apple, and kumquat riding a wave of juicy acidity to a snappy and brisk finish. There's a fine texture buzz throughout that keeps this vibrant and alive in the glass. Quite exciting, and a style to emulate in BC.
92 Points, John Schreiner, Tasted May 2020
Citrus aromas mingle with melons on the nose. On the palate, there are flavours of nectarine, lime and green apple. The finish is crisp and refreshing.