Sourced entirely from Chardonnay vines planted on Margaret's Bench in 2011, Dilemma represents the difficult decision to deciding to rip out the old block of Chardonnay on Arise Bench. Showcasing mineral and spice aromas, Dilemma is framed by lovely oak, caramel, and butter flavours, a luscious body, and a long, fresh finish, creating a wine of outstanding finesse, beauty, elegance, and style.
Bleeding off a portion of juice from each of Culmina’s Bordeaux-red varietal lots, Saignée is an elegant and complex rosé from select micro blocks on Arise Bench. Accented by Mirabelle Plums and white raspberry, this is a complex and nuanced expression of Saignée.
Our 2018 Decora celebrates the 8th harvest from our Margaret's Bench vineyard and is a true terroir-driven expression of Riesling. Latin for pretty or fine, Decora is an intensely aromatic Riesling that whets the palate with mouth-watering acidity. Showing aromas of Gravenstein apple and white peaches, Decora displays pronounced flavours of mineral, pink grapefruit and lime zest, creating a wine of outstanding vivacity, delicacy, elegance, and style.
Latin for incomparable, unprecedented, or ‘only’, Unicus represents the Okanagan Valley’s first Grüner Veltliner. Harvested from Margaret’s Bench - one of the highest vineyards in the Okanagan - Unicus displays lifted mineral, Asian pear, tangerine, and stone fruit aromas. With a rich minerally finish, Unicus is a wine of outstanding originality, interest, elegance, and style.
The fifth in the Number Series, Culmina’s N° 005 Süsser Riesling is Culmina’s first German-style Riesling, made from a portion of X2 on Margaret’s Bench. Produced entirely from the Weiss Clone (21), N° 005 offers a more medium-sweet or Süsser sweetness profile to contrast to that of Culmina’s iconically dry Decora.
The grapes for Culmina's Nº 008 Skin Contact Gewürztraminer were sourced from Culmina's only pink-skinned micro-block on Arise Bench. Jean-Marc soaked the grapes on skins for 3 full days prior to fermentation, adding texture an interest to this aromatic variety. A lengthy, natural fermentation utilizing only indigenous yeast followed, adding further complexity and character to this classically-styled wine. Vibrant with notes of lychee, rose petals and sandalwood, and balanced by chalky minerality, a natural freshness, and a round mid-palate, this classically-styled Gewürztraminer is a stunning surprise. Only 100 cases produced.
The companion Chardonnay to the No. 010, this comes from the warmer T2 block on Stan’s Bench. Fermented using indigenous yeast and matured for 8 months in French oak, this is the sophomore release of Chardonnay from Stan's Bench.
The sophomore edition of Culmina's Wild Ferment Rosé was once again made with minimal intervention. Using 100% wild yeast, this was fermented in a combination of stainless steel (70%) and neutral French oak (30%). With raspberry and white currant notes that mingle with peach and fresh daisies, this rosé is round and textured.