2015 The Waltz Pinot Noir
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The Waltz Pinot Noir is a blend from the Evelina’s Block (20%), Fox (65%), and Raisin D’Etre (15%) Vineyards all located on the Naramata Bench. As the Waltz is a dance done in triple time, not only does the blends’ name continue the Foxtrot theme but is also a reflection of the three vineyard blend. Both Henricsson and Fox vineyards are located on the upper slopes of the bench and have glacial till soils while the Raisin D’Etre Vineyard is located below Naramata road and consists mostly of silty loam.
At the winery the fruit was separated into various lots, 33% whole cluster, and cold macerated for 4 days. After cold maceration the fermentation vats were warmed and fermented with native yeasts. Manual punch downs were performed over a 14 day period. At the completion of fermentation the juice was transferred into 30% new and 70% second and third fill French Francois Freres oak barrels, where it underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged for a period of 20 months. Prior to bottling the wine was racked and went unfiltered into bottle.
The Waltz shows bright red fruit characteristics complemented by spicy notes and a slight earthiness a true expression of Pinot Noir in Naramata’s terroir. Slightly richer than previous vintages the 2015 Waltz has bright acidity framed by silky tannins complementing the bright red fruit notes and lengthy savoury finish. The 2015 Waltz can be enjoyed now or laid down for 10+ years.
Acid/pH: 5.53 / 3.65