Reminiscent of the Italian Pinot Grigio style, this enticingly juicy unoaked wine has fragrant aromas of pear and
apricot. The crisp and refreshing palate brims of white peaches, Granny Smith apple and Key lime flavours with a
flinty mineral finish. Compliments a wide variety of foods, try serving with grilled scallops or a vegetarian quinoa and
pickled vegetable salad.
This vintage is primarily comprised of grapes from Sperling Vineyards with a splash of fruit from our Naramata Bench
estate. The Sperling grapes from the pioneering Kelowna family’s 35 year old vines contribute fantastic aromatics and
acidity, while our Naramata Bench fruit delivers a riper roundness to the wine. Fermentation in 100% stainless steel
retains the fresh fruit attributes the varietal is renown for. The juice was cool fermented in tanks at 12°C for 5 weeks,
which also helps maintain the wine’s succulent fruit-forward character and bright crispness. The wine rested on its lees
for 7 months which retains the purity of the fruit flavour, while gaining extra texture and length.
The 2016 growing season was one of the longest in the Okanagan, with spring commencing very quickly in the Valley.
One of our earliest starts ever, had flowering 2 weeks ahead of normal and fruit set remaining on track. Many
expected another record early harvest, however Mother Nature fortunately intervened. July and August were cooler
than normal with more precipitation than usual slowing the ripening process slightly and the rain contributing to
good vine growth. Mixed conditions in autumn saw a fantastic warm and sunny September with only intermittent
rain, affording us good weather for harvest. October brought some additional rain and frost incidents in the south of
the Valley at mid-month. We began harvest with Chardonnay for sparkling wine August 23, and brought in our last
grapes November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a 10 day break between harvesting whites and reds. On the
whole, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on average pick dates. Growing Degree
Days in both Penticton and Langley totalled 1326 and 973 respectively, above their 23 year average of 1216 and 863.
Overall, the season provided us flavourful fruit with balanced ripeness and nice phenolic development. An usual, but
great harvest in our books!
Grapes: 100% Pinot Gris
Vineyard: Sperling Vineyard, Kelowna • Township 7, Naramata Bench
Harvest Date: September 22 & 27, 2016 • Harvest Brix: 23.1
pH 3.31 • TA 7.8 g/L • RS 6.9 g/L • Alcohol 13.2%
Cases produced: 318