Eav Vivre is a “family-run boutique winery” that is located in Cawston, BC. They are one of the growing number of wineries located in the Similkameen Valley – an area full of farms, microclimates, and really great soils.
Dale and Geraldine are the proud owners of Eau Vivre. To support the unity between the land and their wines, the family is using sustainable and biodynamic practices.
Sauvignon Blanc can be made in a variety of ways. One can find tropical fruit-driven examples from places like New Zealand, or one can locate dry and herbaceous examples from the Loire Valley in France. Whatever style you like Sauvignon Blanc to be in, one thing I know I enjoy most about Sauvignon Blanc is its acidity. For me, Sauv Blanc should be refreshing, zippy, and paired with a hot summer aft.
The 2013 Eau Vivre Sauvignon Blanc ($17.00 CAD) fulfilled my last statement with ease. Okay, well, it is still technically Springtime, but I’m okay with that. Are you?
Regardless of the time of year it is, the EV didn’t disappoint. It was refreshing and zippy with lots of fresh squeezed lime juice, tart apple, and a palate-cleansing acidity. There were additional notes of grapefruit pith, dry grass, and quince. This is a great food-pairing wine, and the level of acidity in the wine made it the perfect pairing for shrimp cocktail in an avocado. I could not have made that particular pairing better. While sipping, I thought I could have also used some scallops with beurre blanc and a few pea shoots to go. One can dream.
I’m very intrigued with how Geurztraminer shows itself in British Columbia. Eau Vivre nailed it.
Their 2013 Gew ($17.00 CAD) is lively and intensely youthful. Classic white pepper notes, white peach, lime zest, sliced apple, and chamomile all work together quite harmoniously on the bouquet.
Palate wise, this vintage is off-dry with a medium body (which is typical of Gewurztraminer). Fuzzy peach, Atulfo mango, juicy green pear, and a hint of lime zest pith dance around on the tongue. Of course, Gew would not really be Gew without that white pepper note on the palate as well. If you are a terroir fan, you’ll be excited to know that this particular Gew also carries some stony minerality. Super clean on the finish to boot.
The Gew is showing extremely well right now. Drink up!
Interested in more Eau Vivre? Watch for more reviews on The Demystified Vine or you can visit their website at http://www.eauvivrewinery.com. Make sure to stop into the winery and say hello!