Pinot Gris 2017
Released: December 2018
Bouquet: Apple, pear, lemon, and a subtle undercurrent of stone fruit.
Palate: The palate shows orchard fruit and pineapple with citrus.
Food Pairings: Halibut, mussels, oysters, and roasted chicken.
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The 2017 vintage got off to a slower start with cool days and a lot of precipitation leading to flood conditions throughout the Valley. Bud break started around 14 days later than either 2015 or 2016, but only a couple of days off of the average of the last 15 years. Once the weather turned we were in for months of hot, dry conditions and the vineyards had no problem catching up, hitting all of the key developmental stages as expected. However, with the drought conditions came several forest fires throughout BC, Washington State and California. The smoke provided a mixed bag; it had the beneficial effect of buffering the heat through the most intense days of the summer helping to moderate the accumulation of sugars and loss of acid, but it also lead to more humid days and increased disease pressure – extreme diligence in the vineyard was rewarded by healthy and clean fruit. Warm days and cool nights signalled the approach of harvest, allowing for great evolution of flavour without any spikes in sugars while maintaining bracing acidity in the fruit.
Our two blocks of estate grown Pinot Gris were harvested on September 19th and September 25th, with the balance of the fruit coming from our neighbours on the Skaha Bench, Matheson Creek Farms, on October 3rd. Each block of Pinot Gris was hand harvested before being destemmed, with some of the fruit being left on the skins for a three hour cold soak before being drained and pressed to a stainless steel tank for a long, cool fermentation, and others were pressed immediately following destemming. Once fermentation was complete and all of the components were stable, we went through several options before assembling the final blend. The cellar team worked hard to preserve the fresh, vibrant character of the wine from grape all the way into the bottle.