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Pinot Gris is one of the darling varietals of the Okanagan Valley. It ripens easily and consistently produces an enjoyable, fruit forward yet food friendly wine. The 2014 vintage shows bright fruit character, highlighting honeysuckle and preserved lemon aromas. A nice expression of lime and passion fruit adds some balance to the full, smooth palate.
Winemaking Notes: Our winemaking choices for this vintage include whole cluster pressing for a fresh fruit profile and settling the juice with no skin contact. We then fermented in 50% neutral French oak barrels, 30% stainless steel and 20% concrete eggs. The wine was aged sur lie for 5 months with weekly stirring. Our winemaking team has been using concrete eggs since 2011. Concrete fermenters are slightly porous thus allowing the wine to breathe without imparting any flavors. The egg shape brings some unique properties to the fermentation process by keeping the lees in a constant state of movement.
Vintage Notes: Simply put, the 2014 growing year was HOT. For grape growing, that translates to a quality vintage year. Even with the typical June rains, the season was above average for temperatures and the early spring really created a long growing season. While we anticipated an early harvest, we did get a nice pause with warm days and cool nights typical of the Okanagan Valley. This allowed flavours to develop and catch up with the sugar development and still retain fresh acidity for balanced whites. Definitely a stunning vintage.
Vineyards: Sourced from 3 sites on the Naramata Bench plus Skaha Lake East Bench.