Le Vieux Pin The Equinoxe Series

34070 73rd and Black Sage Rd
Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0

” Equinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal old world, equal new world.”

The Equinoxe label  from Le Vieux Pin is a very limited production series, with total production ranging from one to three barrels in each vintage.  The winery uses two sorting tables, open top  oak fermentors and a small one ton basket press to produce these wines. The price point is indicative of the labor taken to craft them. They are, as the winery states, pricey.

We did barrel tastings for a few of the Equinoxe wines, as well, as some of the upcoming production, in the early  spring. The samples were showing quite well from the barrel. The Syrah especially was tasting fantastic.  The tasting notes were taken Sept 2012, at a tasting class the winery put on in Vancouver featuring the Equinoxe series of wines. While these are limited production wines with a similarly limited availability from either the winery or selected private wine stores and restaurants, they are well worth searching out. We will be doing a review of their other wines shortly. Look for their Ava, a Viognier/Roussanne/Marsanne blend. Also their regular production of Syrah  and Chardonnay is a great value.

Barrel room

The Wines

Equinoxe Chardonnay 2009 $60.00

Citrus and stone fruit.The warm 2009 vintage brought out the fruit in this wine. There is a well balanced acidity and a Chablis-like minerality. It was barrel fermented and the oak is well integrated.  The vines are 39 years old giving complexity to the wine. We would recommend a pairing with oysters or seafood. This is one of our top two BC Chards. Three barrels total production.

Tech Stuff RS 0.6 g/l alc 13.9% Six months 100% new French Oak

Equinoxe Syrah 2009 $70.00

Black Pepper, ripe fruit and roses.The 2009 vintage was a hot vintage in BC, so this wine is showing ripe fruit and a more rounded acidity . An extremely well balanced wine with a very long finish. This is getting really close to a Rhone style Syrah. A great example of what British Columbia can do with Syrah when the yields are correct. 1.5 tons per acre for this vintage .  It has the South Okanagan black pepper that we  now look forward to. An excellent food wine, especially with dishes with some pepper notes. We also like this as an evening sipper. 160 cases produced.
Tech Stuff Alc 14.8% 18 months French Oak 72% new

With wine maker Severine Pinte

Equinoxe Syrah 2008

White pepper and black cherry. Mere tasting notes do not do this wine any justice. Think finesse and elegance. A wow wine well worth searching out.This is a single vineyard wine grown in slate and gravel soil from the Dead Man vineyard. My all time favorite from Le Viuex Pin.  We should really be keeping this one to ourselves, at least until we buy some more. Winery orders only. 75 Cases produced

Tech Stuff RS 1/g/l, Alcl 14 % 18 months French Oak 50% new

Equinoxe Cabernet Franc 2008 $124.90

A perfect Cabernet Franc. Tobacco and leather . A very long finish. This wine was created from one row of vines in the Feuille D’Or vineyard and only one barrel was produced. It is hard not to make a great wine when the production is  limited to a few perfect vines grown  in the right terroir. Think beef with this one

Tech Stuff RS 2g/l Acl 15.1% 22 months French Oak 100% New

small tank fermentors

Equinoxe Merlot 2008

A very, very big Merlot. Very intense  with big tannins.  A balanced wine with a great nose. Plum, blackberry and coffee notes.  This one will need some aging, but I think will reward those who have the patience to lay it down for a few years. A single vineyard wine from the south end of the Golden mile. To quote the winery “regardless of the vintage, the resulting wine is always intense with firm tannins.” Put the emphasis on intense. Think of a big  grilled rib eye for a food match. 175 cases produced. The 2009 Merlot will be released spring of 2013.

Tech Stuff RS 1.9g/l Alc 14.9% 21 months French Oak 60% New

Le Vieux Pin vineyard uses low input viticulture and sustainable farming methods. The winery is starting to use underground drip irrigation to save water and help with weed control. The deficit irrigation leads to low yields and some concentrated  flavours.  They do on-site composting and are using vinyl posts which last longer and  are better for the environment than pressure-treated wood posts. Le Vieux Pin donates 2% of all online  sales to The PALS Autism School Society. There is also a 10% discount for 12 bottles ordered from their wine club.

Ownership Enotecca Winery and Resorts  

Vineyard Manager Jody Subotin

Wine Maker Severine Pinte

General Manager Rasoul Salehi

Average Case Production <5000

Year Founded 2005

Vineyard Acreage  less than 50 acres

Le Vieux Pin

34070 73rd and Black Sage Rd
Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0


Tasting Room Hours:April 21st-Sept 30th 10am-7Pm 7 days a week Nov 1st to April 21st 11am -5pm weekdays




by Frank Haddad

About Frank Haddad

Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Professional Spirits from WSET. Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators. French Wine Society. International Sommelier Guild,. and WSET Diploma Student. Certified Sake Professional Executive Director Modernize Wine Assoc of BC
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1 Response to Le Vieux Pin The Equinoxe Series

  1. Giorgos Hadjistylianou says:

    Just met Mrs Saeedeh Salem the owner on a visit to Limassol Cyprus and I waiting for some of these juice to taste. Hopefully soon we’ll have it on our wine list

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