Our 2013 Reserve Pinot Gris was sourced from three of our estate vineyards – Oliver, Mission Hill Road, and Naramata Ranch. Each vineyard has a distinct microclimate lending unique flavour characteristics to the varietal before it becomes part of the final blend. Oliver in the southeast is a diverse vineyard with a patchwork of individual blocks. Mission Hill Road has a cooler climate extending hangtime and enhancing flavour development. And Naramata Ranch enjoys the lake’s moderating effect providing ideal growing conditions.
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.
A hint of freshly sliced ginger, Anjou pear, and nutmeg open up our Reserve Pinot Gris. Flavours of white peach, grapefruit, and zesty lime round out this full-bodied and 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|
|13.5% Alc. | R.S. 6.5 g/l | T.A. 6.0 g/l| pH 3.25|
|Oaked:||Partially fermented in French oak (6% new), sur lie aged for 3.5 months|
|Harvest:||September and October 2013|
|Vineyards:||Oliver (70%), Mission Hill Rd (19%), Naramata Ranch (11%)|