2019 White Pinot Noir
Gentleman Farmer Vineyard in South East Kelowna
Golden Retreat Vineyard in Summerland
Coyote Vineyard in West Kelowna
Gentle whole bunch pressing with minimal skin contact gives the wine its pristine clarity. Naturally cold settled juice is fermented dry in small stainless-steel tanks.
Aromas of honeydew, elderflower and beeswax flood the nose, followed by stone fruit, mineral, and summer grass on the palate. Finishes with mouth watering lime and racy acidity. Enjoy now or cellar 3 to 5 years.
437 cases produced
91 points. First off let's quash any skepticism that this is some cheap "white zinfandel" copy cat. Think of it more as "Blanc de Noir" Champagne, without the bubbles. I first encountered white pinot noir in the northerly Ahr Valley of Germany which sits on the same 50th degree of latitude as Kelowna. I loved its mouthwatering tension, which is exactly what comes across in this bracing wine. It has fairly generous aromas vague toast, grapefruit and herbs. It is mid-weight, firm edging to austere, but just so complete and satisfying. And the length is excellent. Winemaker Grant Stanley only works with pinot noir in terms of red grapes, and he has captured something here. Tasted March 2020 ~ David Lawrason