2017 Character White
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Gris/ Gewurztraminer
Appellation
Golden Mile Bench
Alcohol %
13.2

2017 Character White

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Our succulent white blend has lifted aromas of white peach, apricot and rose petal. A juicy palate follows of orchard stone fruit, apple and hint of minerality, with a pleasingly crisp, mouthwatering finish. Just a kiss of sweetness makes this a delightful wine for pairing with friends, a sunny patio and some light tapas.

Winemaker: Robert Summers

Growing conditions: The 2017 growing season was one of marked contrasts, overall however it was an outstanding year. The season commenced with above normal precipitation, resulting in rapid, early vine growth, necessitating increased grapevine canopy management. The wet spring was followed by a classic Okanagan summer of hot, dry weather. This provided ideal growing conditions for berry development and ensured the grapes reached full phenolic ripeness. Growing Degree Days continued their above average trend totaling 1422 (GDDs), well above the average of 1054 for the Oliver area. Harvest commenced in late September for our whites. All grapes were harvested by hand with gentle care in the processing, ensuring fruit integrity.

Winemaking notes: Sourced exclusively from our estate vineyard, these hand-harvested grapes were gently pressed, followed by a cool ferment over 14 days in stainless steel to best preserve the distinctive fruitiness and aromatics. The two varietals were blended early to showcase the vibrant stone fruit flavours and minerality for which the Golden Mile Bench is renowned.

Reviews: 
gismondionwine.com - Treve Ring (Aug 2018) : 88 pts

http://www.gismondionwine.com/tasting-notes/201808/hester-creek-character-pinot-gris-gewurztraminer-2017/?note=28238&ref=notes&date=2018-08

I've been consistently impressed with the direction seen in the current releases from Hester Creek: tighter, fresher, dryer, while still maintaining wide appeal. Winemaker Mark Hopley is doing an excellent job of steering a freighter towards the future. Character white is a great example. What has been a bloated, sweeter, overripe white in the past now is showing snappy appeal. Yellow apple, pear, gooseberry, is blanketed with an ample (unnecessary) dose of RS at 9g/l, but thankfully met with a bright spark of acidity to counter. This results in a fresh, juicy, aromatic Okanagan white worthy of sharing.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Gris/ Gewurztraminer
Appellation
Golden Mile Bench
Alcohol %
13.2
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