Mirabel makes its mark
A few months ago I was sitting in a corner by the cozy fireplace at Vancouver’s Bacchus Lounge. I was there to meet 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 traveled and passionate about food and wine. Furthermore, they’re also well capitalized and extremely committed. The Reimer family hails from Winnipeg, where they founded the successful Reimer Trucking company.
The grapes for this release come from their Reimer Family Vineyards in Southeast Kelowna. Mirabel’s name reflects the wondrous setting and the spectacular view across the valley.
After careful study, in 2006 they planted the steep sloped, south and northwest facing vineyard to Pinot Noir. Since that time they have farmed the vineyard sustainably, with organic practices. All hand harvested, the resulting low yields are 2.5 tons per acre.