2017 Maija Pinot Noir

Vibrant and full of life, our Maija Pinot Noir is a true expression of this poetic variety, and named after Tantalus proprietor, Eric Savics’, daughter.

Showcasing a bright ruby red in the glass, this wine exhibits classic Pinot aromas of raspberry, cardamom spice and wet earth, complemented by hints of black tea, lilac and a lovely, savoury tomato leaf.

The palate is lively with notes of ripe red fruits, fresh plum and a lingering pomegranate character - all brought together seamlessly with a wisp of French oak. Lively acidity here, balancing beautifully with the fine, velvety tannin structure.

Fruit for this Pinot Noir was handpicked from our youngest estate blocks of Dijon plantings, complemented by fruit sourced, for the first time, from a neighbouring vineyard in South East Kelowna of impeccable quality.

Vinified in small lots using 100% wild fermentation, the small batches were then placed into a selection of new (20%) and seasoned French oak barriques for 11 months and blended, just prior to bottling.

VINTAGE NOTES

After a cold winter with high snowfall, the growing season got off to a slower start compared to seasonal averages. True bud break took place during the first week of May; slightly later than seasonal averages. In contrast, the summer was hotter than average and sunny days made up for the late spring. 

Although smoke haze from regional fires was present during parts of summer, it actually mitigated hot temperatures. The result was a slowing of the ripening phase, preventing sugar from accumulating too quickly over such a hot period. Smoke taint was a concern for some areas of the valley, however, we saw no influence on our wines. Overall our crop was slightly lower than average, leading to beautifully concentrated wines with great pedigree and ageability.