2016 Reserve Pinot Gris
Hints of mandarin oranges and ginger awaken the palate in our luxurious Pinot Gris. Tantalizing acidity enhances the bright fruit flavours and the complexity of this aromatic wine. A relatively short and delicate aging on the lees in French oak maintains the wine’s crisp and dry nature.
100% Pinot Gris
Our 2016 Reserve Pinot Gris was sourced from four of our estate vineyards – Lakeshore, Naramata Ranch, Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos. Each vineyard has a distinct microclimate lending unique flavour characteristics to the varietal before it becomes part of the final blend. The Lakeshore Vineyard in East Kelowna is on a steep hillside that enjoys the lake’s moderating influence. Naramata Ranch is a winemaker’s dream with undulating elevations, multiple soil types and clones to select from, individualized blocks, and spectacular views. Black Sage Bench is a diverse vineyard with more than 60 different individual blocks providing an amazing array of premium quality fruit. Osoyoos, the region’s most southern area, is comprised of arid benchlands that benefit from the lake’s effect providing the region with more than 200 frost-free days.
11% fermented in oak (3% new French, 8% neutral oak). Aged sur lie for 4 months.
The 2016 harvest lasted 76 days and set records for being our longest harvest ever on record. The weather was ‘optimal’ with an early start to the season. April and May were warmer than average and bud break was three weeks early. The lack of heat waves in the summer kept sugar levels and phenolic maturity in sync so that ripening progressed slowly and predictably. The berries were firm and had perfectly healthy skins and therefore vivid, deep flavours, great acidity and excellent freshness. The harvest concluded on November 9th, marking an exceptional Okanagan vintage, and producing stunning wines for the 2016 vintage.