Mirabel makes its mark

A few months ago I found myself sitting in a corner by the cozy fireplace at Vancouver’s Bacchus Lounge. Across the table were Doug and Dawn Reimer. They were in town to preview their (inaugural) Mirabel Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015.

In many ways the couple epitomize the new wave of Okanagan wine growers. Dawn and Doug are well travelled and passionate about food and wine. They’re also well capitalized and extremely committed. The Reimer family hails from Winnipeg and is known as the founders of the successful Reimer Trucking company.

The grapes for this initial release were grown on their Reimer Family Vineyards in Southeast Kelowna. The name, Mirabel, reflects the wondrous setting and the spectacular view across the valley.

After careful study the steep sloped vineyard with southwest and northwest aspects was planted in 2006 to Pinot Noir. The vineyard is sustainably farmed with organic practices.  Low yields at 2.5 tons per acre are hand harvested.

Dawn and Doug Reimer in Mirabel Vineyard

Dawn and Doug Reimer and canine pals in their Mirabel Vineyard (supplied)

BC Pinot Noir lovers who recognise the Reimer name will be familiar with the vineyard.  The couple have supplied grapes to premium producers Foxtrot and Meyer.

Doug and Dawn first saw the farm status orchard property after a visit to the Okanagan in 2004. They fell in love with it and felt it would be the perfect place to pursue their dream of growing grapes.

Some of the former orchard remains, with apple and pear trees in a lower frost pocket.
Doug says when it came to deciding which style of Pinot to make, between Old and New World, they wanted to be “in the middle but more inclined to Burgundy.”

The just released wine was made by Matt Dumayne at Okanagan Crush Pad.

Here’s my unedited review which will be published in the upcoming edition of Quench magazine.

Mirabel Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Inaugural, premium release from the owners of East Kelowna’s Reimer Vineyard (formerly bottled as vineyard designate wines by Foxtrot and Meyer), farmed with organic practices. Lifted cherry and savoury hints on the nose followed by a delicately balanced palate with a definite nod to Burgundy that juxtaposes focused fruit with elegant structure; strawberry notes with a hint of spice, a distinctive mineral streak and well managed new oak (11 1/2 months) as the wine evolves in the glass. $70 93 pts

The wine is available for $70 (750ml) and $160 (1500ml Magnum) and may be purchased exclusively via www.mirabelvineyards.com