2017 Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block
Gentleman’s Farmer Vineyard in Southeast Kelowna.
Pinot Noir clone 115, 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).
Tightly bound aromas of ripe black cherry and dark fruits entwined with savoury dried herbs and five-spice. The palate is rich, sweet, and vibrant with flavours of blackberry, vanilla bean, gamey meats, and spicy oak.
300 cases produced
Gold - 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada
Gold - 2019 All Canadian Wine Championships
- Light aromas of cinnamon and red fruits, which proceed to the palate along with ripe raspberries. A hint of floral and minerality. A light Pinot Noir to enjoy.
* Karl Klip - My Wine Pal
90 pts ♦ This is a friendly, supple, easy-sipping northern Okanagan version of pinot noir that will attract a large audience (private wine shops take note). What it lacks in edgy acidity and tightness, it more than makes up for it with a sweetish mix of raspberries and cherries, pliable tannins and brown spice. Very different from the other single site pinots; ready-to-drink.
* Anthony Gismondi on Wine
89 pts ♦ Classic red fruit and cedar notes are wrapped in a blanket of cola, spice and gentle floral aromas on the expressive nose. A similar mix of flavours follow on the lip-smacking, huckleberry-kissed palate where a touch of RS and glycerol enhances the body and a friendly wave of spice flows through to the tangy, moderate-plus finish. Light tannins are ready to go now. Drink 2019-2022.
* Liam Carrier - Icon Wines
93 pts ♦ In the glass, the wine shows good richness of colour. That sets you up for a wine with intense aromas of spice and cherries and rich, savoury flavours of cherry, blackberry, vanilla and spicy oak.
* John Schreiner on Wine