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McLean Creek Rd Pinot Noir 2017 - 1.5L

$86.00
90 Points, Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine

We produced 200 bottles of single vineyard Pinot Noir magnums from our estate vineyard "McLean Creek Road" in Okanagan Falls.

The nose boasts notes of cranberry, sour cherry and cassis. The palate is blackberry, dark chocolate, and forest floor with a gorgeous tannin structure to stand up to a more robust food pairing.

Specifications

  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 6.6 g/L
  • Appellation Okanagan Falls
  • ph 3.66
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type Red
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Vintage 2017
  • Winemaker Chris Carson
  • Notes

    Winemaker Notes

    At the winery the fruit was gently de-stemmed via gravity into small open top fermenters and allowed to cold soak. After cold soaking, an indigenous yeast fermentation began lasting two weeks and peaking at 32 degrees Celsius, with gentle hand plunging of the must done throughout. After a post-maceration period the wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (25% new) where it remained for 11 months. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. In keeping with our philosophy to maintain as much as possible a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of the terroir this wine is unfined and unfiltered. 

    Vineyard Notes

    Our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” is located in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravelly and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with five different French Pommard and Dijon clones (114, 115, 91, 667, 777) and are planted in three distinct blocks on the 20-acre property (16-acres planted). The largest of these blocks has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun, the second block has a gently sloping westerly aspect giving a slightly higher temperature from the afternoon sun, and the third and coolest of the blocks has a gentle northwest aspect. Our philosophy is to manage each block separately by hand using organic/sustainable principles and practice precision viticulture which treats each vine individually.

    Production Notes

    572 cases produced.