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2022 Pinot Gris
Our 2022 Foundation Series Pinot Gris presents fragrant aromas of nectarine, apricot and pear. The palate is
greeted with flavours of the Okanagan: crisp apple, candied pear and a touch of herbaceous sage. A streak
of minerality lends to a finish that lingers on the palate making this wine both delightful and refreshing. Pair
the Pinot Gris with fresh-steamed mussels in a garlic and herb broth.
The 2022 season at Hester Creek will be remembered as one of the most challenging, yet productive years on
record. With the addition of new vineyards, the 2022 harvest yielded a larger crop than average. Due to coolerthan-
expected spring temperatures and more rain than is typical of the South Okanagan, the season was off to
a late start. By summer, temperatures rose and lasted into the autumn, extending the season with the warmest
September and October on record. Growing degree days reached 1676 on average. This longer growing season
led to longer hang times for the fruit as they developed phenolic ripeness. Harvest began on September 9th with
our Ti Amo and finished on December 1st with our Old Vine Cabernet Franc. For the white varietals, longer hang
times resulted in delicate aromatics. The red varietals hung on the vine throughout November allowing the grapes
to concentrate their colours and flavours. The 2022 vintage will be remembered as a milestone year for producing
exceptional, fruit-forward and age-worthy wines.
A beautiful representation of the South Okanagan, the 2022 Pinot Gris was hand harvested from four
vineyards in mid to late September: Block 5 of our Golden Mile Bench Estate property, our Road 7 vineyard,
the Chahal Family Vineyard in Oliver and our Vineyard Manager, Iqbal Gill’s, vineyard on Road 8. The grapes
were then hand sorted, destemmed, and left whole for a light pressing, which resulted in clean juice with
reduced solids. After pressing, the juice was cold settled for three days and racked before heading into
stainless steel tanks for a long, cool fermentation of 30 days at 12.5°C. The cool fermentation allowed the
wine to retain its natural, vibrant aromatics and lively acidity. Following fermentation, the wine was blended
and aged for four months before being bottled in early 2023.
90 Points ~ Julian Park
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