For us, making Pinot noir is truly a labour of love. All of our Pinot is produced exclusively with grapes grown by family owned and operated Hugh & Mary Vineyard. The hot summer days and cool nights make this vineyard prime Pinot growing country, The vines range from 8 to 19 years of age and are a mix of clone 667 and 115. The grapes were hand-picked on a beautiful weekend in October by close friends and family.
These grapes came right off the vines, went into the crusher, and then were cold soaked over several days in ¾ ton bins. After cold soaking the bins were brought inside to ferment on the skins to dryness before being pressed off in our half-ton basket press. After the press the wine was settled for 24 hours before being transferred into a mixture of new and aged oak barrels and left to rest for just shy of a year. We typically use a combination of French and American oak but this year we went all French. Tellement bon!
This dynamic wine is light enough for salmon and rich enough for duck. Hints of Sandalwood and vanilla on the nose and flavours of redcurrant and strawberry on the palate, make this the kind of wine that really gets along with everyone.