Winemaker Graham Pierce believes that great wine begins in the vineyard!
He works with field managers who skillfully prune the vines to produce small yields of exceptional quality. After the harvest and crush, careful nurturing of the fermentation and aging process ensures that the wines achieve their full potential. This practice can’t be forced or hurried and Mt. Boucherie wines are only bottled in their prime.
Since 2001 Graham has produced Mt. Boucherie wines and icewines using 100% estate grown grapes from the Gidda family's extensive vineyard holdings throughout the Okanagan Valley. The family has been cultivating wine grapes in the Okanagan since 1968.
Graham Pierce has a unique background for winemaking. Prior to his appointment at Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, Graham was a professional chef for 10 years - a career that culminated in the opening of one of the first winery restaurants in the Okanagan Valley. As executive chef there, he became intensely interested in the relationship between food and wine. He studied viticulture and winemaking at the restaurant/winery and at highly regarded Okanagan University College. Graham’s culinary training complements his outstanding winemaking skills resulting in Mt. Boucherie wines that are especially food-friendly.
Winemaker Pierce is a consistent producer of award winning wines. Among the many notable awards over the years are two recent gold medals:
・ Mt. Boucherie oak-aged Merlot took top honours at the 2007 California New World International Wine Competition judged alongside some of California’s best Merlots.
Mt. Boucherie Riesling won gold at the 2006 Canadian Wine Awards in Toronto, Ontario.
|Summit Reserve Pinot Noir Icewine|
|The wine was aged for 11 months before blending and bottling. The fresh berry aromas & flavours of this wine will gain complexity with additional aging, estimated at 8-10 years. Icewines are usually best by themselves as a special treat and can also be paired with most dessert choices.||
|Summit Reserve Merlot Icewine|
|Grapes were hand-harvested at temperatures of -9 degrees Celsius. Aromas & flavours of black cherries, honey & currants are followed by an incredibly long finish. Enjoy chilled after dinner with your favorite berry based dessert, or by the fire with nuts, cheeses and dried fruit.|