Pinot Gris 2018 AB
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 wine has notes of pear, white peach, citrus, and hints of fresh blossoms. The palate is vibrant and juicy. The acid balances the generous texture and still allows for a surprisingly lengthy finish.
INSIDER TIP: Partially fermented in a concrete egg creates amazing mouthfeel and texture.
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, 20% stainless steel and 30% concrete eggs. The wine was aged sur lie for 4 months with stirring as needed.
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.
2018 was a long, moderate vintage, slightly cooler than the 5-year average but similar to the long-term norms of the Okanagan. The winter was mild, the spring cool, thus resulting in a somewhat later bud break, followed by a uniform and healthy flowering. The summer was a typical Okanagan summer, hot and dry, which allowed for optimal fruit development. In August, the temperature dropped and the smoke from local wildfires caused a constant cloud over the valley, blocking the sunlight. This slowed photosynthesis and delayed veraison.
Harvest commenced on Sept. 19 with Pinot Gris from OK Falls. September was cooler, which forced a longer growing season and allowed for a steady pace of grape harvesting. The fall weather continued to be warm up until the beginning of November when temperatures dramatically dropped. The last of the Bordeaux Reds were brought into the cellar Nov. 2, just in time to avoid processing outside in the cold. Overall, expect nice flavour complexity, slightly restrained alcohol levels, balanced acidity and freshness.
Sourced from 3 sites: Naramata Bench, OK Falls, and Skaha Bluffs.