Voluptuous

Van Westen Vineyards

Pronunciation
Vol-up-two-us
Year
Current Vintage
Type
Red
Winery
Van Westen Vineyards
Region
Canada
Oenologist
Robert Van Westen

Overview

Robert Van Westen’s family has been farming the Naramata Bench for over 50 years. His brother and father are also grape growers and fruit farmers. Robert’s grapes are grown exclusively in his three vineyards, all within close proximity to one another, high up on the Naramata Bench. The Homelot Vineyard on Naramata Road provides Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. Further up the Naramata Bench, just below Robert’s home is the Boothe Road Vineyard, which is in a perfect south-southwest facing natural amphitheatre which is sheltered from the wind and very warm. There he grows Merlot and Cabernet Franc primarily, with some young-vine plots of Malbec and Petite Verdot that will be added to future vintages of his red wine. He also farms a very small, warm site further up Naramata road from his home vineyard which is planted exclusively to Viognier, called Orlando.

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
67% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc
Vinification
Grapes are gently crushed and de-stemmed, then transfered to stainless steel for fermentation.
Aging
A mixture of French oak barrels, 1/3 new.
Alcohol
14.5 %
| Appearance
Deep ruby purple
| Aroma
Very richly fruited on the nose with blackberry, cherry, plum, and roasted herbs.
| Taste
Full bodied, with firm tannins, and flavours of tobacco, mineral, and black fruits.
| Serving Suggestions
Lamb, beef, elk

Voluptuous

Suggested Retail:
$47.00
CSPC#:
739192
Available Sizes:
750ml
Bottles Per Case:
12