2017 Pinot Noir

Each vintage, our flagship Pinot Noir most beautifully captures the evolving maturity of our vineyard; offering us a wonderfully natural expression of our unique terroir in Southeast Kelowna.

Aromas of crushed fresh raspberries, violets and sage, with Bing cherry, baking spices and a hint of cedar emerging.

The palate is lush and shows great tension between acidity and tannin, hallmarks of an ageable Pinot Noir. Flavours of black and blueberry with an intriguing orange rind nuance, lifted by notes of white-fleshed cherry and plum. A nervy vein of minerality stretches the wine’s finish and adds to the lively structure and integrated oak.

Crafted from multiple clones and all sourced from our single vineyard estate, select Pinot Noir blocks were handpicked and vinified in small lots using 100% wild fermentation. The small batches were then racked into a selection of new (25%) and seasoned French oak barriques for 16 months and blended, unfined and unfiltered, just prior to bottling. Although enjoyed in its youth we see this wine aging gracefully over the next 7 to 10 years.

Clonal selection: 115 667 777 828 37 943

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.