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Ripe apple, pear and white blossom on the nose, with hints of caramel apple, bright citrus and finishing with juicy fruit. Dangerously delicious with everything. Serve chilled to 14 °C.
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine in the monthly Wine Club in October.
Geographical Indication: Naramata Bench, Summerland (Okanagan Valley)
Vineyard: Hudson Vineyard, Naramata Bench
Cases Produced: 1685
Appearance: Bright, clear, and pale straw in colour.
Nose: Medium intensity, with ripe red apple, pear, melon rind, Meyer lemon and apple seed aromas.
Palate: This light-plus bodied Pinot Gris is all about the fruit — namely red apple, pear and melon flavours. Secondary citrus flavours are ripe rather than tart, while modest peach and papaya notes are lots of fun.
Quality: The fresh fruit flavours in the Bench 1775 Pinot Gris are best drunk in the next 12 months for maximum enjoyment.
Food Pairing: Ahi tuna,grilled chicken,poached salmon, almost any salad, brie and a baguette.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Pinot Gris from the Okanagan Valley continues to provide good bang for the buck, and the Bench 1775 delivers ripe fruit flavours with style.
The addition of 4% Gewürztraminer adds the faintest hint of spice to the bright red apple and pear notes that are front and centre. Stainless steel was the correct way to go with this wine, meaning the freshness of the fruit stands out.
Pinot Gris can be boring. This one’s anything but — it’s crisp, clean, delivers loads of fruit and is extremely versatile.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press