Pinot Gris 2015
The 2015 vintage shows bright fruit character with fresh citrus and ripe tangerine. With our focus on building texture in the wine, it is rich and lush on the palate, but balanced with a pink grapefruit splash of acidity on the finish. Bliss!
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.
Starting with a spectacularly warm spring, 2015 became one of the hottest on record in the Okanagan Valley. Hot doesn’t necessarily guarantee a stellar vintage as vines can shut down once temperatures go beyond 35 degrees. And typical of recent hot summers, forest fires abounded creating other issues such as valley smoke, which ironically clouded the sunshine for a few weeks and slowed ripening. Overall, harvest dates were two to three weeks early with fabulously ripe fruit. For white wines, the trick to calling the right pick date was to pay attention to flavours and acidity as much as standard ripeness indicators such as Brix.
Sourced from 3 sites on the Naramata Bench plus Skaha Lake East Bench.