Cerqueira Vineyard - Black Sage Gravel Bar - Wild Yeast

Bartier Bros 2013 Semillon

Tasting Notes

Aromas of citrus, apricot, and wet stone follow through on the palate.  The wine is bright, crisp, and refreshing with fantastic tension of minerality, fruit, and structure.  A slight CO2 spritz enhances the refreshment.


The fruit was harvested in good shape and crushed/pressed on Sep. 20.  We achieved excellent vine balance in 2013, allowing healthy yeast populations to develop in the vineyard, and consequently a healthy wild yeast ferment was conducted.  80% of the volume was fermented in a concrete tank with the remainder fermented in stainless steel. 4 weeks of lees contact was allowed after fermentation before the wine was racked away from these.

Vineyard Notes

On the lower side of Black Sage Road betweek Oliver and Osoyoos, this vineyard has a gentle West facing slope.  The sols are a dense loam with limestone (calcuim carbonate) covered granite cobbles throughout a deep profile.  With the rough surface of the calcuim carbonate, water stressed vine roots seek out these rocks for the small amount of water to be found on this surface.

Vintage Notes

2013 is a story of two vintages in one.  With weather conditions that favoured ripening through the growing season, grapes were galloping into ripemess at a very early date.  Early ripening varieties began harvest even earlier than normal. leading to tropical and primary fruit aromas in the eventual wines, and tight harvesting windows for optimal ripemess.  Cool weather set in late September for the rest of the vintage however, slowing down the process for the late ripening varieties which ended up being harvested on typical dates for those varieties.  This was good, especially for the reds which were allowed to have their phenolic (especially tannin) reipemess to properly develop with the added hang time.