2017 Pinot Noir Club Consensus
A combination of Golden Retreat Vineyard in Summerland and Gentleman’s Farmer Vineyard in Southeast Kelowna.
Pinot Noir clone 667, 777 and 828 are separately hand harvested, destemmed to small batches and cold soaked for 5-7 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts. The total time on skins is 16 to 21 days. After gentle pressing, the wine completes malolactic fermentation and is aged 13 months in French oak barrels (25% new).
This wine is blended by SpearHead’s wine club members. Attractive aromas of rose petal, mixed spice, dark flesh plum, and black cherry. The palate exhibits silky textures and pure fruit intensity.
100 cases produced
Silver - 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada
Silver - 2019 Los Angeles International Wine Awards
- Sweet red fruit and cinnamon aromatics lead to slightly off-dry floral, ripe raspberry and red fruit flavours along with bramble leaf.
* Karl Klip - My Wine Pal
88 pts ♦ Percentages of the 667, 777 and 828 clones selected for the finale blend have been withheld, but tasting the finished product, the consensus was, seemingly, to construct a vibrant, yet, approachable, red fruit and floral scented Pinot with front-loaded weight on the palate and a clean, crisp finish. Ready to go now. Drink now-2021.
* Liam Carrier - Icon Wines
91 pts ♦ This wine has become something of a tradition at SpearHead: members of the wine club are asked to make the blend, selecting from barrels in the cellar. In some vintages, the wine has won gold medals in competition – a credit both to the underlying wines and the skill of the blenders. The wine begins with aromas of cherry and plum that are echoed on the palate. The tannins are silky.
* John Schreiner on Wine