This Pinot Gris has vibrant aromas of peach, Anjou pear and citrus notes on the nose. The palate is full and round with a slight sweetness that follows through with flavours of pear and tropical melon with a flinty mineral finish. Pair with sautéed prawns with beurre blanc.
This estate grown Pinot Gris is 100% barrel fermented in neutral French oak not only to retain the fresh fruit flavour but to add weight to the mouthfeel. The ferments could spontaneously start before inoculation after ten days. This has enabled for a purer expression of the site in the aromatic profile. A 21 day ferment period at slightly warmer temperatures (15-17C) with lees’ stirring throughout, and 2 weeks post ferment. Additional barrel ageing for 5 months has resulted in a wine rich in texture.
The 2017 growing season started off slowly in the Okanagan valley. We did not see bud burst until mid-May and flowering began mid-June. The spring was wet and cooler than normal, but this was quickly followed by warmer temperatures which resulted in flooding. This was followed by 82 days of no rain. Fires resulted in many parts of BC in July and August. Smoke from fires in the north, south and west provided protection from the intense heat of the summer but also created a more humid environment that we are used to in the Okanagan. This resulted in higher disease pressure and some vineyards were overwhelmed with powdery mildew. Fortunately, our growers were vigilant, and we came through relatively unscathed. By veraison the smoke had cleared so there was relief. We did experience frost in low lying regions at the beginning of October, but most vineyards were able to hang on and we gained an additional 3 weeks of hang time. However, due to all these factors yields were down about 15%, however the fruit quality, flavours & ripeness were all very good.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Gris • Vineyard: Township 7, Naramata Bench
Harvest Date: October 5, 2016 • Harvest Brix: 22.7
pH 3.51 • TA 6.0 g/L • RS 4.2 g/L • Alcohol 13.1%
Cases produced: 148 • SKU 47144 • UPC 6 26990 20879 2