2014 Gewurztraminer

Lone Pine Vineyard - Giant's Head Volcanic Transition - WILD YEAST

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Tasting Notes

Tropical aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, and mango are followed by the same flavours on the palate, which is suprisingly crisp given the ripe style of tropical aromas.  This is a very fresh, and refreshing, yet ripe style of Gewurztraminer; a rare achievement for this type of grape.

Harvest/Vinification

A smart and beautiful crew of friends and family harvested these grapes on Sep. 11.  The fruit was in excellent shape with bright acidity, and with flavourful skins.  It was de-stemmed, crushed, and then pressed gently after 3 hours of skin contact.  With the health vineyard yeast population, fermentation went easily until we stopped the ferment with chilling.  This left a small amount of balancing residual sugar in the wine.  Lees contact was allowed for 2 months, and then the wine was clarified and stabilized, ready for bottling in early spring 2015.

Vineyard Notes

Lone Pine Vineyard straddles a small ridge with a slight and mild West exposure leading over the ridge to a steep East exposure 100 metres above Okanagan Lake. The vineyard is in the transition zone from the ancient volcanic cone of Giant’s Head Mountain to the silt banks formed by the glacial retreat of the last ice age. The top and sub-soils are dense with many granite cobbles present which aide in drainage.