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Natural Organic Amber Pinot Gris, 2021
Shipped and sold by Sperling Vineyards
The music can be heard down the block, drawing the neighbours in to investigate. It’s an old fashioned barbecue, one of those spontaneous summer events with family and friends. Crowded on the table, tropical fruit trays crowd jars of mustard and a big bowl of cranberry punch. I’m dancing with the old folks, swinging around to the blasting radio. You’re at the grill, taking orders, taking swigs and flipping dogs.
We’ve always had a holistic approach to our winemaking using native and organic yeasts but each time we make this wine, we dig deeper into a grape that everyone making wine or drinking it in the Okanagan thinks they know. We asked, what happens when you take not only 65% of the Pinot Gris grape and ferment it, but 95-100%. So we included whole clusters, and stemmed grapes in a ferment of wild yeast and wild malolactic, taking sugars and malic acid to complete dryness. And then what if you press and settle rather than fine or filter – and leave the natural structural elements of the grape intact and not ameliorate with additives, such as sulphites. The result is a whole expression of Pinot Gris vines that have adapted themselves over 20 years to our site. It is not an expression of vessel, but a savory expression of the complete grape. It may be an umami expression through the grape, but there’s no denying that this wine loves food.
So many flavours on this ultra-fresh, savoury and umami Amber Pinot Gris from Sperling Vineyards. It's certainly not what you might expect from a regular Pinot Gris. Just dry, medium-bodied and unfiltered, which gives it a bright pink Froesé look, with aromas and flavours of cold earl grey tea, dried wild herbs, dried pear and honeyed quince textured and savoury matched with refreshing acidity made for food. The wine totally turns your head around about Pinot Gris and just what the grape can do on its own.
From Ann Sperling and her winemaking team, "we’ve always had a holistic approach to our winemaking using native and organic yeasts but each time we make this wine, we dig deeper into a grape that everyone making wine or drinking it in the Okanagan thinks they know. "
The winery takes 95 to 100% of the hand-harvested grapes, ferments them in whole clusters, and stemmed grapes in a ferment of wild yeast and wild malolactic conversion, taking sugars and malic acid to complete dryness. Then leave the natural structural elements of the grape intact not adjusting them with additives or sulphites in anyway.
I thought food pairing might be challenge with this wine, but what came immediately to mind was Thai Shrimp cakes, an easy recipe with just a little bit of chili heat. It was a perfect match! Tasted August 2022.