Less is More
We are a family-owned, 5-acre vineyard in the South Okanagan, B.C., Canada, in a small town called Kaleden. We named our vineyard for the large stand of white Birch trees along the top vineyard block. The unique terroir, with sand and loam as well as glacial deposits, combined with long summer days and cool summer nights, made it an ideal site for our favourite grape— pinot noir.
In 2016 we planted 100 percent pinot noir vines from Dijon clones (115, 667, 777) on 3.5 acres of virgin land. We are lucky to be on a site that has never been cultivated; it was originally pastures for llamas and sheep. We don’t use chemical pesticides and herbicides and we employ organic and manual farming practices. We like to get our hands dirty.
In our winemaking, we believe strongly in a “less is more” philosophy, employing natural winemaking practices with minimal intervention — a true expression of fruit and terroir. Our first vintage, a refreshing pinot noir rosé called “Été Sans Fin” (Endless Summer) was released in spring of 2019.
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Meet Our Makers
Hailing from Vancouver, husband and wife Murray and Sarah Bancroft come from culinary and media backgrounds respectively. They have both travelled to France extensively since their early 20s, and took their young daughters to Paris for a sabbatical year in 2016-2017. With a long-time interest in wine, Murray, or “the trained pallet” as we like to call him, has participated in both vendange (harvest) and winemaking in Champagne and Bordeaux, and continues to return every year. While working as an international culinary consultant, he spent evenings and weekends studying viniculture at California’s U.C. Davis. For her part, Sarah enjoys “researching” wine (especially rosé) with friends and family any day of the week.
The Bancrofts are currently based in Vancouver, travelling frequently to the Okanagan and Palm Springs, where they have a mid-century modern home. The spirit of Birch Block is strongly influenced by their love of France, California, conviviality, family, style and fun.
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Birch Block Wines
Birch Block Vineyard 2018 Été Sans Fin Pinot Noir Rosé, MAGNUm FORMAT
Launching June 14, 2019 exclusively at Cactus Club Cafés in Kelowna (all locations) and Vancouver (English Bay and Coal Harbour locations).
Light salmon pink colour from very little time in contact with skins. Aromas of watermelon and wild strawberries. Refreshing acidity with Ruby Red grapefruit and blood orange. Low alcohol and sugar levels means this is truly an all-day rosé to enjoy on its own or with ceviche, lemon pasta, spot prawns, octopus carpaccio…you get the picture. We call it Été Sans Fin (Endless Summer) as it’s a little bit of liquid sunshine to enjoy all year.
10.5 % alc.
0.7 g/l Residual Sugar
Vinification in stainless steel
71 cases produced – SOLD OUT
Birch Block Vineyard 2018 "Pop-up" Chardonnay
Launching May, 2019 exclusively at Wildebeest restaurant, Vancouver.
Light, bright yellow colour from stainless steel and aging in neutral oak. Honeydew melon and white peaches on the nose. Crisp minerality with pineapple and Meyer lemon. The process of sur-lie aging in neutral oak barrels creates a rich mouthfeel. The perfect summer food wine to enjoy with butter-poached sablefish, stinging nettle ravioli, or Dungeness crab salad.
13.9 % alc.
2.3 g/l Residual Sugar
Vinification in stainless steel, then 5 months in neutral French oak barrels
54 cases produced – SOLD OUT