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Organic Pinot Noir, 2018
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BC VQA Okanagan Valley
This wine integrates classic Pinot character with the minerality and structure that distinguish our spectacular, limestone rich slopes.
Planted in 2008 on blocks noted for their calcium-limestone rich clay soils, three Dijon clones (114, 777, 828) were planted on three different rootstocks (10114, 3309 & Paulson) with Pinot Noir clones planted totalling 8.5 acres on two benches and nearly every facet of our hillside vineyard, we select the best suited sites each vintage for Red. Fermented in 1 and 4 tonne lots, including 40% whole clusters, hand-picked and sorted fruit is wild fermented to both alcoholic and malolactic dryness, then barrel aged in large format (265, 300 & 500 L) French oak barrels, with a tiny percentage of new wood.
The 2018 vintage was featured in November's Wine Club package, 2021.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Residual Sugar: 1.6 g/L
Cases Produced: 600
Appearance: Light ruby colour with a tawny rim.
Nose: Cherry puree nose with a touch of forest floor and a note of violets.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, quite forward, with strawberry and cherry flavours; nicely structured with ripe tannins and brisk acidity.
Quality: Very Good+. 89 points. Drinkable now, but would reward cellaring for 1 -2 years.
Food Pairing: Spice-rubbed ribs with cheese grits, pasta with kalamata olives and artichokes, herbed potato salad, lima bean and okra succotash, and honey glazed ham.