This Pinot Noir is a more robust style than the previous vintage. The nose displays dark cherry, raspberry, Portobello mushroom and eucalyptus. On the palate you are confronted with silky ripe fruit up front followed by savoury notes and finishing with well-integrated tannins that give this wine great length. Enjoy this wine on its own or accompanied by rosemary scented roast pork.
This Pinot Noir is a combination of 3 clones; 115, 667 and 777, all originally from Burgundy. The grapes came from Remuda vineyard in OK Falls and Kelowna. It was fermented over 9 days pumping over twice daily. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels for 12 months to ensure that the fruit and tannins of this wine were not overpowered.
The 2016 growing season started off quickly in the Okanagan valley. One of our earliest starts ever had flowering 2 weeks earlier than normal years and fruit set remained on track. Many thought we would have an early harvest but Mother Nature intervened. July and August were cooler than normal with more rain so things slowed slightly. With more rain came good vine growth. September was warm and sunny with intermittent rain which gave us the opportunity to harvest in good weather. October brought some more rain with some frost in the south of the valley mid-month. We began harvest by picking Chardonnay for sparkling wine August 23, and picked our last grapes on November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a break of about 10 days between harvesting whites and reds. We did pick some white grapes earlier than usual but the reds stayed on average pick dates. In the end, the weather provided us with flavourful fruit with balanced ripeness. A great harvest in my books.