WINEMAKING: Grapes are hand-picked into small 30 pound trays. Date of picking being of the utmost importance to ensure that we get grapes with the highest possible level of phenolic and flavor maturity. Grapes were cooled overnight to 10C and then whole bunch fermented in 3400 litre wooden vat at 32C. Daily punch down, with 30 days on the skins. Aged in a combination of new and older French oak for 9 months.
WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: The 2014 growing season will be remembered as one of the warmest in recent history and joins 1998 and 2003 for heat and length. An almost perfect start to the season, with great winter and spring rain followed by beautiful July weather. Dry and hot summer with a cool September and a warm October made for a growing season that would be remembered. The steady heat and the cool nights giving the vines time to ripen the grapes to optimal levels. This, one of the Okanagan’s, driest and hottest growing seasons will be remembered as challenging but ultimately rewarding.
Winemaker: Bertus Albertyn Alcohol: 13.5% Vintage: 2014 pH: 3.65 Composition: 100 % Pinot Noir Total Acid: 6.5 Sourcing: Golden Mile/South Okanagan /British Columbia/Canada Bottling date: August 2015 Ageing: 9 months 25% new 75% old French Oak Production: 500 cases