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APPEARANCE: Bright, perfectly clear, medium straw colour
AROMA: Intense peach, blood orange and subtle lemongrass
PALATE: Rich body, mouth watering concentrated stone fruit components most tuned to white flesh peach. Quince and ripe dried fig follow through in the mid-palate, where the well balanced acid line takes over from the initial fruit flavours to guide you through more subtle creamy and slightly spicy elements. The long and moreish finish has you and your friends thinking of a second bottle.
THINK OF: Sunbathing lakeside on the dock with a water mister overhead. The breeze, the laughter of friends on the beach, the everlasting sunshine. A quintessentially Okanagan wine, (but don’t let the cat out of the bag).
All fruit was selectively hand harvested and whole bunch pressed then immediately cold settled without the presence of oxygen to ensure full aromatic expression. 80% of the juice was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks, while the remaining 20% fermented in 3 year old French oak barrels to enhance texture and complexity. A small percentage of the wine was also put through Malolactic fermentation to encourage mouthfeel and build fatness and depth in this vintage. Drink young to experience the full fresh vivacious fruit components, or cellar to soften and encourage smoother underlying textures for up to 5 years.
Awards & Ratings
- Anthony Gismondi
- 2016 All Canadian Wine Championships, Silver
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2016, Commended
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2016, Honours Medal
- International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016, Silver
This wine was featured in March's Wine Club package.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Cases Produced: 3,100
Appearance: Bright, clear, pale straw in colour.
Nose: Medium intensity, delivering red apple, honeysuckle and ripe peach aromas, with secondary lemon meringue, and pear notes.
Palate: The fruit on this medium-bodied white is fresh and lively, brimming with peach, red apple, pear and sweet lemon notes as well as underlying vanilla and spice notes balanced by modest acidity.
Quality: While the bright, fresh fruit means this is drinking quite well right now, the complexity on the palate thanks to a portion of the juice undergoing malolactic fermentation as well as aging in older oak means this Pinot Gris could be put away for a couple of years.
Food Pairing: Spanakopita,chicken pot pie, pumpkin ravioli, breaded pickerel.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
B.C. producers continue to defy the convention that Pinot Gris has to be boring, and 50th Parallel’s example is a stellar example of the grape’s potential when it’s done right.
A portion of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, and 20 per cent of the wine also spent some time in three-year-old French barrels, adding texture and weight that delivers additional complexity.
While this white brings fresh fruit, some acidity and great intensity — making it a perfect candidate for drinking now — it’s fun to imagine where this wine will go over the next couple of years.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press