The name Clos du Soleil, a French term meaning an enclosed Vineyard of the Sun, refers to the rocks, soil, and sun, which together define this very special piece of land where we grow our grapes. The enclosure is the mountain that forms a tall natural stone wall at the back of our vineyard, almost surrounding the cobbled terroir which lends its unique flavours to our wines. Most importantly, our name highlights the long days of sun which pour in on the Similkameen Bench, one of BC’s most unique and promising microclimates.
Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (42%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Petit Verdot (1%)
Signature is Clos du Soleil's flagship Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, produced by hand and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The 2012 vintage is a stellar example of this iconic wine. The nose opens with aromas of cassis, blueberry and dark cherry, on a background of spice and mixed herbs. On the palate the wine is full, long and elegant. Bright fruit flavours of cherry and black and red currant flow seamlessly into a long finish with notes of tobacco and black pepper. Enjoyable in its youth, the fine tannins and beautiful balance of this wine ensure its ability to age for a decade.
Sauvignon Blanc (91%), Semillon (9%)
Capella is Clos du Soleil's flagship white Bordeaux-style wine. A classic blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Semillon, this is a wine of grace and elegance. A pale gold in the glass, this wine opens with aromas of lemon jelly, quince, and sun-ripened grapefruit. On the palate the wine is full, rich, and brimming with ripe fruit: orchard peach and apricot, lemon, pink grapefruit, and a gentle hint of vanilla. Complex, long and engaging, this is a wine which would pair equally well with herb-crusted roast chicken, tuna tartare with a citrus dressing, or just simplicity itself: an omelette with fresh herbs.
Merlot 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 26%, Cabernet Franc 18%, Malbec 13%, Petit Verdot 5%
A hand-crafted, barrel-aged blend of all five Bordeaux varietals, this approachable, juicy wine is brimming with ripe fruit flavours. Opening with aromas of black cherries, plums, and smokey spices, on the palate the wine is rich and long, with the flavours of cherries, black currant, and hints of pomegranate and vanilla. Smooth and elegant with very fine tannins, this is a wine which would could grace any fine dining table, complementing dishes like roast lamb, barbecued beef or even roast pork, but would be equally at home on a picnic table with a range of farm cheeses and fresh bread.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
Saturn is Clos du Soleil’s Late Harvest wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes specially selected and harvested in late November. A rich gold in the glass, the nose of this wine is pure enjoyment: a heady blend of mandarin orange, candied citrus peel, marmalade and crème brulée. In the mouth this wine is unctuous and rich with the flavours of vanilla, stewed peaches, marmalade, lime peel and a bright acidity that lends this complex wine a light and clean impression. Hedonistic now, imagine how this wine will develop even more complexity and richness over the years!
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
A classic wine from Clos du Soleil, this full-bodied and complex rosé, produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, offers layers of ripe fruit flavours. The delightful strawberry hues of this wine announce the rich aromatic profileof ripe, juicy strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb pie. The palate explodes with the same flavours: wild strawberry, raspberry jam, and red rhubarb, reinforced by crisp acidity and an underlying minerality. The finish is long and full, yet refreshing. An extraordinarily flexible food wine, it pairs equally well with charcuterie, or roast pork, with fruit salad or with a bacon quiche. Or perhaps the best way of all to enjoy it: a glass all by itself!