The 2013 growing season had two distinctly different chapters. An unpredictable cold and wet spell late in September had us change gears and put our patience and nerve to the ultimate test. The season started with normal bud-break in the middle of April. Above average June temperatures led to earlier veraison. The grapes picked before the rain showed intense fruit flavors associated with a hot and dry ripening season. The second chapter of 2013 season was a nerve-racking waiting game, with cool raining weather slowing ripening and also bringing the added concern of rot. A long and sunny patch late in October saved the day and, that lucky bunches that enjoyed this weather on the vine, achieved full phenolic ripeness.
Grapes are hand-picked into small 30 pound trays. Cooled to 5-8 degrees Celsius before being whole bunch pressed. The two varietals are jointly pressed and fermented. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with a portion of reserve oaked aged wine added during the ferment. The wine is aged in stainless on light lees for 6 – 8 months and then bottled for secondary fermentation in bottle. After 16 months yeast contact the wine was tasted and disgorged. In line with tradition a dosage was added.
Winemaker: Bertus Albertyn Alcohol : 12.5
Vintage: 2013 PH: 3.03
Composition: 80% Pinot Noir; 20% Chardonnay Total Acid: 9.27
Sourcing: Golden Mile/South Okanagan/British Columbia/Canada Disgorged: 7 August 2015
Ageing: 95% Neutral stainless steel; 55 old French Oak Production: 500 cases
Price: $35.00 SKU: 756056