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A mix of smoked meat, plum, anise and vanilla aromas tantalize the nose. Dark fruit flavours of cassis, black currant and bramble on the palate. The wine is pleasingly ripe and structured. Pairs well with Italian style dishes, especially tomato pasted pasta and pizza.
Winemaking: Pinot Noir clones 667, Pommard, 115 and 777 are each hand harvested as ripening is reached. The cold soaking occurs for 5-7 days before wild fermentation begins. Time on skins is 16 to 21 days. After gentle pressing, the wine completes malolactic fermentation and is aged 13 months in French oak barrels (25% new).
Residual sugar: 1.25 g/L
Awards & Ratings
Golden Retreat is surely the warmest of the three sites used for SpearHead’s trilogy of single-focused pinot noirs. This makes cause for the same specs involving sugar ripeness and pH though the acidity is minimally if significantly less in this case. Darkest fruit, most noticed concentration and as close to varietal hedonism as it gets in Southeast Kelowna, though within reason of course. Golden Retreat speaks to its name because it is the softest of the three, the one with the aureate and halcyon glow. Show off a bit of blood orange citrus and gives the impression of swirling a mouthful of rocks. A highly accomplished pinot noir in balance that offers a surfeited and most satiated experience. Drink 2022-2027. Tasted June 2021.
- Michael Godel, Wine Align
92. Of the three [sight-specific Pinots] this one has a firmer structure; notes of muddled plums and forest berries with plenty of purple flowers woven with beet greens and a dollop of honey and apricot. Like the Saddleblock, it has a silky palate, but more power, with earthy, savoury flavours and chalky tannins. Like all three, decanting will bring the most out in the wine. ~ Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Scores