Pinot Noir 2017
Also known as ‘the heartbreak grape’, Pinot Noir has been a nice challenge to work with. BC’s cooler climate is showcasing Pinot Noir that is world class. We source ours from two stellar high-bluff vineyard sites on the Naramata Bench with heavier silty soils typical of the area.
INSIDER TIP: Small Cap release with just 425 cases produced.
After hand picking, we double hand sort the grapes followed by whole berry fermentation. The whole berry fermentation was done using one oak puncheon and the remainder in stainless steel.
The wine was then barrel aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.
2017 brought some wild weather. One of the coldest winters we’ve experienced in years gave way to a cool, wet spring. Although there was flooding in the Okanagan, it was followed by 54 straight days with no rain. The hot dry summer allowed fruit development to catch up from its late start and created smaller more concentrated grapes. Fall weather cooled down quickly, but we were able to bring in our fruit prior to any risk of frost. Overall, expect ripeness and weight to the wines, while still retaining bright fruit flavours
Sourced from our estate vineyard, 1 Mill Road Vineyard and Johnson Vineyard, Naramata Bench.