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McLean Creek Rd Pinot Noir 2022 - 1.5L

$94.87
Top Canadian Wine at the 2024 Stampede Cellar Showdown
91 Points, Silver Medal 
at the Decanter World Wine Awards
93 Points, Brent Gushowaty

Harvested from our estate vineyard, McLean Creek Road Vineyard in Okanagan Falls. Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months (25% new), the nose is pronounced displaying aromas of darker fruit like blackberries and saskatoon berries with a subtle earthiness. Smooth yet structured tannins will allow this wine to hold up to many foods and it has a long alluring finish with an elegance and complexity. 

Each bottle is hand filled, wax dipped, and hand labelled with care. We produced only 75 of these 1.5L magnum bottles.

Specifications

  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 6.5 g/L
  • Appellation Okanagan Falls
  • Bottling Date January 2024
  • Country Canada
  • ph 3.69
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type Red
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard McLean Creek Road Vineyard
  • Vintage 2022
  • Winemaker Chris Carson
  • Notes

    Vineyard Notes

    The 2022 vintage was a classic Okanagan growing season with a typical Spring budburst in early May and beautiful weather into June. We had beautiful flowering weather from late June into July which resulted in good yields across the valley. July and August were consistent with previous years although slightly cooler slowing the vines growth cycle. Leading up to harvest, the crop level was significantly higher compared to past vintages and needed more time to ripen. The weather was perfect for ripening with warm days and cool nights providing a lengthy hang time for our Pinot Noir blocks to develop flavours and physiological ripeness. The white varieties were harvested later than normal but the fruit was able to develop a great balance of sugars to acid and superb flavours.

    Our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” was originally planted in 1994. The vineyard is within the Okanagan Falls sub-geographical indication (sub-Gi) which was designated in 2018 and recognized as being geologically unique in the production of wine grapes. It has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with a Pommard clone (91) and 4 Dijon clones (114, 115, 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 and treat each vine individually. Although we are not certified organic, we practice organic/sustainable farming principles.

    Production 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 terroir, this wine is unfined and unfiltered.

    Each bottle is hand filled, wax dipped, and hand labelled with care. We produced only 75 bottles.