Clos du Soleil is a Similkameen Valley winery nestled into the base of the sun warmed cliffs in Keremeos, BC. A biodynamic winery, they’re owned by several friends and investors who work together to bring their wines to BC. When we were there, Michael Clark, newly in charge of vineyard and winery operations was there doing tastings.
There were only 535 cases of the Capella produced in 2010. This is a 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon blend named for a star, the brightest one in the constellation Auriga, and the third brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere after Arcturus and Vega. I think I mentioned they follow the biodynamic philosophy, yup!
When at Vancouver restaurant PiDGin on Friday evening, I enjoyed Clos du Soleil’s Pinot Blanc with oyster shots (you need to try these) and their take on chicken wings. It made me want to open this wine as soon as possible.
This wine is clear and bright and a deep lemon with light legs. On the nose, it’s youthful and has soft lemon citrus, honey, canned peaches and fresh Okanagan nectarines with a whiff of freshly cut grass. The palate is dry with medium plus acidity and medium minus alcohol. With medium body, the wine has medium plus flavours of more stone fruit including peaches, nectarines and ripe pears, soft lemon creme, long green grass and more honeyed notes including honeysuckle. The finish is medium plus.
This wine is WSET ‘very good’ – well balanced, fruity and refreshing, the wine has complex flavours and finishes well.
For too many trips to the Okanagan, we would rush through the Similkameen and never made the time to stop and taste any of the wines produced there. Make the Similkameen a stop on your travels through to Osoyoos or Naramata Bench next time you go to the Okanagan. Clos du Soleil is well worth a stop and taste.