2019 Pinot Noir – Pendulum


About the wine:

Produced from a single vineyard in East Kelowna, this wine isn’t your typical Pinot coming from a cooler climate.  There’s an intensity about it that almost reflects the moody climate in the days leading to harvest.  The palate is earthiness and minerality reminiscent of old world Pinots, augmented with red cherry and spices.  Enjoy this wine with classic pairings like grilled salmon and anything mushroom dominant, but also consider it with wild game or smoked beef.

Technical stats:

Acid:  6.075 g/L
pH: 3.65
Residual Sugar: 1.82 g/L
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 67 cases
Grape variety:  Pinot Noir
Vineyard Location: East Kelowna
Harvested: Oct 13, 2019
Bottled:  Sep 19, 2020
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested by hand before being gently destemmed and left as whole berries. Extended temperature controlled cold soaks took place using small 1T fermentation vessels for the entire production. Fermentations were slowly warmed to optimal temperature before being inoculated with a selected yeast strain.  Hand punch downs were implemented to keep the cap wet and healthy.  The ferments were steady and never exceeded 25°C.  Several days after sugar dryness, the free run juice was drained and the skins were gently pressed.  The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels where it slumbered through the winter before malolactic conversion completed naturally in the early months of 2020.  In the early summer of 2020, the wine was racked to tank, blended, lightly cold stabilized and then crossflow filtered before being bottled in September 2020.