The keys to growing these late ripening varieties successfully are very low yields and careful canopy management to expose the bunches to the sun and promote air circulation. When mastered the dried apricot and flowery aromas step forward firmly. In the cellar, the wine sees fermentation in both stainless steel and french oak barrels combined with extended elevage in barrel to gain complexity and palate richness.
Recommended Food Pairing:
Heritage chicken roast with traditional stuffing or game bird with tropical fruit accents in the sauce or side dish.
92 Points - John Schreiner:
"In a tradition of this winery of naming wines for employees’ children, this white blend is named for winemaker Severine Pinte’s daughter. The wine is a blend of [mostly] Viognier with Roussanne and Marsanne. This is a big basket of fruit flavours – apricot, melon and citrus. The balance is such that wine manages to be both fleshy in texture and refreshing and dry on the very long finish."
92 Points - Daenna Van Mulligan (the Wine Diva):
"Le Vieux Pin doesn't do things in half measures - their wines are always made to be extravagant and concentrated. The Ava is a Rhone-style white blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Potent aromas of tropical fruit, Meyer lemon, star anise and ginger, rose petals and oil of lime leap out of the glass. The palate is decadent, the weight, expectedly full but lifted with mouthwatering acidity. It has fantastic fruit and citrus flavours with a slick, spicy finish."
"...subject to limited availability. It’s primarily Viognier, with the other varieties adding some delicious, spicy, pointy flavour touches. The fruit is massive, but the finish manages to be delightfully dry and full... A fine and fascinating, bold-flavoured B.C. white unlike any other. Worth the effort to find it, and worth the cost."
Rhys Pender (Master of Wine) in Savour Gourmet
"These grapes are not easy to ripen in a cool vintage like 2010 but Le VIeux Pin has managed a wine with intense aromas of jasmine, apricots, peaches and cream., honey and a hint of oak. The palate is dry, quite full in body with medium-plus acidity and a very rich texture with flavours of apricots, peach skin, honey, spice and complex floral, stone fruit and spice that lingers on a very long, complex finish."
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