What’s Oranien­steiner?

The Daily Courier - - WINE & DINE -

Back in 1985, the Geisen­heim Re­search In­sti­tute in Ger­many crossed Ries­ling and Sil­vaner to birth Oranien­steiner.

Vines of this unique va­ri­etal found their way into the Sum­mer­land vine­yards of Lunessence Win­ery where the grapes are now used in two tan­ta­liz­ing, aro­matic blends.

Pinot Blanc-Oranien­steiner ($21) is a 60-40 blend that has shown up back-to-back on the an­nual list of the top 20 wines at Whistler’s Cor­nu­copia food and drink fes­ti­val.

The 2017 vin­tage de­liv­ers pear aro­mas and flavours com­monly as­so­ci­ated with Pinot Blanc, but then opens up with ex­otic nec­tarine, grape­fruit and spice thanks to the Oranien­steiner.

The 2017 Quar­tet ($20) is pri­mar­ily Gewurz­traminer and Ries­ling with just a splash of Pinot Blanc and Oranien­steiner.

The blend works like a per­fectly in-tune quar­tet de­liv­er­ing a pro­file of en­chant­ing trop­i­cal fruit, citrus, ap­ple and spice.

There may be only two va­ri­etals listed in the of­fi­cial name of the 2017 Sau­vi­gnon Blanc-Mus­cat ($22), but Viog­nier, Chardon­nay and Semil­lon also make an ap­pear­ance.

It’s a blend that rep­re­sents ex­actly how the va­ri­eties are grown in a Nara­mata vine­yard Lunessence buys grapes from that re­sults in a creamy, off-dry ex­plo­sion of pineap­ple, peach, ap­ple and spice.

Mean­time, Syrah and Mer­lot are the only two va­ri­etals in the 2017 Duet ($20), a bright, but earthy ex­pres­sion of blue­berry, plum and pep­per.

Lunessence gets its name from the Latin luna for moon.

As such, the grape are grown and the wines are made with a holis­tic, bio­dy­namic ap­proach in sync with lu­nar cy­cles.

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