A single vineyard wine grown on the sunny slopes of our own Naramata Bench estate, this Reserve Pinot Gris has
vibrant aromas of Anjou pear with Okanagan peach and citrus notes adding complexity to the bouquet. The full
round palate has just the slightest sweetness, expressing flavours of pear, and tropical melon with a flinty mineral
finish. Try enjoying with sautéed prawns with beurre blanc.
Cultivated on our Naramata Bench vineyard, these thirteen year old vines are perfectly situated on the property’s
western facing hillside, with the grapes benefitting from the maximum sun exposure and good drainage. The small
lots for this vintage were selected by our winemaker for their classic aromatic floral and expressive mineral
characteristics. The wine was 100% barrel fermented in neutral oak to retain the fresh fruit elements as well as add
a nice weight to the mouthfeel. The juice was partially wild fermented at 17°C for 4 weeks and hand lees stirring
was performed throughout ferment, continuing for another 2 weeks post-ferment. This helps provide a gorgeous
rich, slightly oily texture to the wine, and a multiplicity of complex layers.
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: Township 7, Naramata Bench
Harvest Date: September 22, 2016 • Harvest Brix: 23.5
pH 3.20 • TA 7.8 g/L • RS 7.2 g/L • Alcohol 13.4%
Cases produced: 148