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2023 Pinot Gris

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SKU: 519876-23

Off dry in style with floral and tropical aromas and flavors of melon, pear, and peach. This wine is balanced in acidity with a hint of minerality. Serve slightly chilled. 


Wine Critic Reviews

John Schreiner, Wine Writer:

This stainless steel fermented wine is crisp, with aromas and flavours of pear and apple wrapped around a spine of minerality. 91.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2023
Varietal
Pinot Gris
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Vineyard Designation
River Rock Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 2023
Bottling Date
March 2024
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Profile
Ratings
Review by Wine Writer Julian Parks of BC Wine Trends: "The Pinot Gris has a gorgeous apricot hue. It has classic stone fruit aromas with floral notes. It is an off-dry medium-bodied wine with a delicious mouthfeel and honeydew melon, pear, and apricot flavours. This wine is balanced in acidity with a hint of minerality. 92 Points"
Vineyard Notes
The winter prior to the 2023 season saw several cold events where temperatures dipped below critical bud health values. There were many predictions of primary and possible secondary bud death. Bud break started on April 28th but was uneven and many primary buds were, as predicted, dead. Spring was cool but by late April the weather was warming up. May was nice and warm as was the remainder of the summer. The volume of fruit was down significantly in our vineyards which resulted in a slightly early harvest date. The Pinot Gris was picked on September 11th in our River Rock Vineyard. Our predicted tonnage was about half of normal and we were able to purchase some additional Pinot Gris from a vineyard in Kaleden. The vines were farmed sustainably with particular care and attention to canopy and water management. Harvest decisions were based on winemaker’s personal preference with particular attention to sugar/acid balance and flavor. All River Rock vineyard has south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession which imparts a noticeable minerality to River Stone wines.
Winemaker Notes
The Pinot Gris was hand-picked September 11th, at peak ripeness, destemmed and pressed after a short period of skin contact time. The juice is then allowed to settle and racked to another stainless steel tank where it is inoculated with yeast starting the temperature controlled fermentation. A single commercial yeast strain was chosen for flavor and mouthfeel characteristics. Following fermentation the wine spent several months on the finer lees before finning, blending, filtering and bottling.

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