Pinot Gris 2015

"The wine begins with a fresh, floral aroma mingled with hints of citrus and peach. Flavours of pear, honeydew melon and pink grapefruit around a spine of good minerality coat the palate. The finish is crisp and dry" - John Schreiner, May 2016.

"Founder Sandra Oldfield has been high-need achieving here for many vintages, and seems to going from strength to strength. A great example is the new vintage of pinot gris. This wine has plenty of structure, and will not be confused with the wines coming out of Italy. It has some lovely viscosity, hints of ripe pineapple, and subtle rosemary. A fantastic food wine, and since it is British Columbia spot prawn season, why not grill some of those, add some grilled bread, and there you have it, a rabbit out of a hat" - Jim Tobler, Montecristo Magazine, May 2016.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Nose has great intensity with white flowers, minerals, citrus zest and white peach. There is a slight herbal note here, hinting at tarragon or anise. Palate is loaded with citrus, pink grapefruit in particular, but it has layers of complexity too. Marzipan and almond biscotti but also honeydew melon and vanilla.
*91pts - John Schreiner
SILVER - All Canadian Wine Championships 2016. SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016.
Vineyard Notes
It was another hot vintage in 2015 with a record early harvest here at Tinhorn Creek. We had bud burst a month earlier than average and that led to a lot of work in the vineyard in the spring to keep up with the rapid growth of the vines. The vines were enjoying the heat as we cycled through flowering, berry formation and veraison at record pace. It was a challenging vintage for whites as the grape sugars were accumulating rapidly and we had to pick many blocks either at the same time or within the same week (typically we like to stagger picks to get more complexity), but the wines have impeccable balance and freshness.
Production Notes
The Pinot Gris was crushed and de-stemmed before pressing, with the pressing cycle for this varietal being unique to dark skinned whites. We typically have a longer press program that emphasizes slow extraction with extended skin contact as well as a higher pressure at the end. This allows the clear juice to be in contact with the skins longer, which is where much of the flavour in this variety is stored. There is a delicate balance of flavour extraction and phenolic extraction (tannins are also in the skins) that plays out, plus the wine can go pink if it’s in contact with the skins too long as the skins are a light red colour at harvest. Once settled the clear juice was racked to stainless steel barrels and tanks and fermented using native and selected yeast. The wine was then kept on fine lees and stirred to add weight and texture to the palate.
Cases made: 7535
Wine Specs
Pinot Gris
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
August 2015
Cellaring potential 3 - 5 years
Bottling Date
March 2016
Residual Sugar
3.2 g/L
Alcohol %

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Syd Sisco
(Nov 30, 2016 at 12:50 PM)

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Brent Johnson
(Nov 30, 2016 at 2:36 PM)
A very easy to drink Pinot Gris. I wish I had another bottle!

Sarah's Gravatar
(Nov 30, 2016 at 2:42 PM)
Delicious and very easy to drink.

Andrea's Gravatar
(Nov 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM)
Really enjoyed this wine!

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Kelton Kowalchuk
(Dec 8, 2016 at 4:32 PM)
10/10, would drink again!

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Bruce Logan
(Dec 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM)
This is an excellent dinner wine, particularly with Chinese food.

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