Munson Mountain Pinot Gris 2020
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Munson Pinot Gris
October 16, 2020
Light gold in colour. This single-vineyard Pinot Gris offers aromas of nectarine and honeysuckle. Bright acidity and ripe Okanagan stone fruit flavours give way to an elegant finish. Always a food-friendly wine for summer salads and light fish dishes.
2020 began with a rapid winter cold snap that saw temperatures drop from 3 °C to -18 °C in a matter of 8 hours. Cross sections of the dormant buds confirmed no vine damage. Due to COVID-19 lockdown protocols, the beginning of the harvest was a family affair with the Holler family pruning over 60 acres as a team. Full vineyard budbreak in Osoyoos happened April 15, Skaha Bench on April 20, and Penticton April 29 – a little later than average. Early June was cool and wet in the Okanagan Valley. The weather started improving June 18th with the real Okanagan heat arriving the second week of July and staying until mid-September. The Mount Christie wildfire was a big scare for Penticton and Okanagan Falls. The fire came 500 meters from our Skaha Bench Vineyards but luckily the smoke from the wildfire did not settle in the vineyard. Autumn was beautiful with temperatures between 20-25 °C through to early October. Green leaves on the vines until October 22 helped the red grapes to ripen beautifully. A surprise snowfall late October saw 8 cm of snow fall and the race was on to get the grapes into the winery. As is tradition, the last bunch was picked mid-day on November 9, in our Munson Mountain Cabernet Franc vineyard. 2020 provided its challenges but with the summer heat and extended autumn it was another great vintage in the Okanagan Valley.
100% Pinot Gris
Made from 100% Pinot Gris grapes from our Munson Mountain vineyard. The fruit was free run and fermented cold to preserve the signature fruit flavours. The free run juice was inoculated with yeast cultures in order to allow complexity and mouth-feel to develop. We allowed this single vineyard Pinot Gris to complete fermentation to natural dryness.
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release. Drink this year for best enjoyment!