2018 Pinot Noir Saddle Block
Fruit sourced exclusively from the Saddle Block on our estate in South East Kelowna.
Pinot Noir clones 115, 777, 828 & 667 are separately hand harvested, destemmed and kept cold for 5-7 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts commences. The time on skins is 16 to 21 days. After gentle pressing the wine is matured in French oak barrels for 13 months (25% new).
Complex aromas of ripe dark cherry, preserved strawberry, and floral notes are layered with herbal tea, white pepper and earth. This wine is well-balanced with beautiful texture making it a perfect companion for spiced duck & root vegetables.
Drink now or cellar for 8 years.
450 cases produced.
Silver - 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships
90 points. Oak is nicely handled to the point of being barely obvious. It is bright and quite tart-edged on the palate yet beautifully textured warm and smooth as well. It is not tannic but there is a fitting green foresty edge to the finish. Can I say this, but I thought of Chianti. The length is very good to excellent. Best 2021 to 2026.
* David Lawrason - Wine Align
94 points. The wine begins with aromas of cherry and strawberry mingled with spice and notes of forest floor. The wine is generous on the palate with appealing dark fruit flavours and a lingering finish. The texture is silky.
* John Schreiner on Wine
89 points. Approachable, bright red fruit. Acidity is vibrant and tart, needs time to unwind a bit for best enjoyment. Bottled unfiltered. Drink now to 2025.
* Christopher Waters on Wine