2020 GLACIAL TILL PINOT GRIS
BC VQA Okanagan Valley
This inaugural release of the Glacial Till Pinot Gris offers a very unique and intriguing initial sensation, opening with savoury, stony and herbaceous aromas with a spring-like freshness. As the wine opens up and warms in your glass, layers of golden apple, white peach and nectarine start to dance, delicately perfumed with floral nuances and hints of orange marmalade. The palate has depth, layers and texture; the rich oily mouthfeel coats the palate and offers flavours of juicy peach and apricot, while delivering a long-lasting smooth finish with a pervading green apple freshness.
This fruit was harvested from Blocks 11 & 12, where the soil composition contains a lot of glacial till; the clusters and berries were naturally smaller, allowing for more concentration and complexity to develop during ripening. A long, slow and gentle pressing program allowed the grapes to press out almost as if under their own weight, slowly dripping nectar. The juice was quite smooth, unctuous and rich, with very little phenolic extraction. Fermentation was 70% in stainless steel and 30% in French oak barrels (a mix of 1&2 yr old and neutral oak). The barrels were stirred once a week until early January, at which time the stainless steel and barrel components were then blended together in tank. This is definitely a wine to cellar for a few years.
This is most definitely a cooler season comfort wine.
The depth and structure allow this to be paired with bigger protein-rich dishes, that you might often pair a red wine with, like a juicy steak! A nice pork tenderloin or cutlet with a rosemary apple sauce or stone fruit compote also comes to mind, accompanied with a caramelized onion tart. For more of a casual grazing meal, try it with meat or cheese fondue, raclette or just a delicious cheese platter with manchego, pecorino, or strong aged cheddars.
SKU 390875 Alc 14.5%
UPC 681714108208 pH 3.19
WS $24.00 TA 6.5 g/L
RSP $30.00 RS 1.1 g/L