Perhaps it was the warm 2014 summer, or the lower than average yield, but this vintage of Vivace, with its gently concentrated, pure-fruited, finessed form, especially impresses. Wild desert herbs, orchard pear, fine lees and lemon zest roll across the textured palate, brightened by crisp green apple tartness and bitter white grapefruit pith. Fragrant melon, subtle meadow blossoms and stones linger on the finish. Lively, dry and elegant, this is a grown up grigio.
The 2014 Vivace Pinot Grigio is a wine that restores my faith in this grape. Made from the most planted grape variety in the Okanagan Valley, the La Stella winemaking team have made this in the Grigio fashion of alpine northern Italy, growing it at cooler sites, harvesting earlier, allowing zero skin contact, and keeping the working environment cooler. This is not a style that is seen in this part of the world where Grigio can be maligned. There’s an old world grace in the subdued Bartlett pears that lead on the nose and the subtle spice on the finish, an encompassing yet delicate mouthfeel, and exquisite balance that makes this wine a stunner.
This expressive wine begins with aromas of spice, pears and citrus. On the palate, there are generous flavours of apple, pear and melon. The wine has a dry finish and good spine of minerality.