Juicy and fresh, our unoaked Pinot Gris bursts with peach and pear aromas. The dry yet lush palate has a lovely stony minerality complimented by wildflower honey, ripe pear and fresh acidity. An enchanting wine, pair with light seafood dishes and orchard fruit summer salads.
From a winemaking perspective 2020 was an exceptional vintage in the south Okanagan. The early part of spring started out colder than average but by mid-to-late June, temperatures were at or above average. Following a summer that began a little later than usual, September was very warm resulting in our vineyards seeing a smaller than average crop with lighter grape bunches. The vines benefited from a dry September, with a smaller berry size contributing to the concentrated flavours. The warm weather in late September and early October enabled the fruit to reach ideal phenolic ripeness, with our white varietals all handpicked and fermenting in tank by the first week of October. Following a warm start to fall, the weather turned and we saw a rare snowfall and freezing event in the valley on October 23rd. Fortunately, the majority of our red grapes were harvested by then. From a temperature perspective, the 2020 vintage was the 5th warmest in growing degree days in the last 2 decades. Overall, the 2020 season delivered exceptional quality grapes of a smaller berry size with abundant ripe fruit and beautifully enhanced flavour profiles. It is a year that the quality will be talked about for years to come, producing wines that are cellar worthy.
This vintage was made with Pinot Gris from our estate and longtime growers, Pascoa and Chahal in Oliver area vineyards. The grapes were handpicked, sorted and destemmed, with the remaining berries left whole and pressed. A long, cool fermentation at 13°C for approximately 28 days in stainless steel was followed by a brief 4 months aging in stainless steel. An early bottling in January retained the bright fruit flavours and aromatics for a beautiful expression of the south Okanagan.
(90 points ~ Natalie Maclean)