2019 Organic Natural Amber Pinot Gris
NATURAL, ORGANIC, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE
“Ann Sperling has always pushed then widened the envelope for more natural organic, wild ferment wines in Canada. Her Vision series in B.C. gives her more experimental and holistic tendencies a home. This pinot gris was 95% whole cluster fermented on its skins, drawing out the grape's natural colour and the stemmy orange. It has a generous quite herbal, tea, camphor and dried citrus peel nose. It is medium bodied, notably dry and quite bitter with sharp acids. A very savory (non fruity) wine with good complexity and length. Oh and by the way, it throws a heavy sediment. Tasted April 2020.”
David Lawrason, Wine Align
Amber – We’ve always had a holistic approach to our winemaking using native and organic yeasts but this time, we dug deeper into a grape that everyone making wine or drinking it in the Okanagan thinks they know. We asked, what happens when you take not only 65% of the Pinot Gris grape and ferment it, but 95-100%. So we included whole clusters, and stemmed grapes in a ferment of wild yeast and wild malolactic, taking sugars and malic acid to complete dryness. And then what if you press and settle rather than fine or filter – and leave the natural structural elements of the grape intact and not ameliorate with additives such as sulphites. The result is a whole expression of Pinot Gris vines that have adapted themselves over 20 years to our site. It is not an expression of vessel, but a savory expression of the complete grape. It may be an umami expression through the grape, but there’s no denying that this wine loves food.