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Day 9 – Unsanctioned Series Pinot Blanc 2020

Today’s wine brings us close to home: our estate-grown Pinot Blanc. And yes, it is another one of the “under rated” grapes of the Okanagan! You will find lots of single varietal Pinot Blanc from producers throughout the valley. Most are made in a fresh, light, fruit-forward style using stainless steel tanks. Some of those wines are amazing. But to really make this grape shine and showcase the depth and richness it’s capable of, you need to show it some love.  We ferment our Pinot Blanc in French oak barrels, most of which are neutral or on their 3rd fill. As with our Semillon, I’m not looking for the flavours and aromas from the oak…it’s all about texture. Have a taste and let us know what you think.

For today’s food pairing suggestions, we’ve got a couple for you. If you are looking for an amazing canapé or appetizer, our cheesy squash and caramelized onion galettes are delicious. Scroll down for the recipe.  We are also suggesting an old classic: Coq au Vin.  And who better to put a twist on this old favourite that Babish!  Check out the video link below to an episode of Binging with Babish to see his take on a wonderful dish.

Winemaking Notes

The 2020 Pinot Blanc is made exclusively from grapes grown at our Conviction Ridge estate vineyard in Kaleden. With yields of less than two tons per acre, the grapes show incredible depth of flavour and aroma. Hand-harvested early in the morning to preserve the acidity, the grapes were lightly pressed and then the juice was fermented in neutral barrels. After a long, slow fermentation, the wine was aged 5 months in barrel, with batonnage (stirring of the lees) twice a month to build body and texture.

Tasting Profile

This wine has aromas of peach, pear, fresh-baked croissant, raw almond and lemon curd with an enticing hint of musk. Look for rich, subtle palate notes of Okanagan pear, bright citrus, lightly toasted hazelnuts and crushed gravel that are framed by a creamy texture, bright acid and a very long finish.

Food Pairings

The textural complexity, medium body and crisp acidity enables our Pinot Blanc to pair well with many different dishes. Try it with a warm artisan brie cheese, or with potato-crusted salmon.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2020
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Vineyards Conviction Ridge Vineyard, Kaleden
Acid 7.1 g/L
pH 3.2
Residual Sugar 2.5 g/L
Alcohol % 13.5
Production: 70 cases