2016 The Waltz Pinot Noir
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The Waltz Pinot Noir is a blend from Foxtrot’s own Evelina’s Block (10%), Fox (65%), and Raisin D’Etre (25%) 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. The Fox vineyard is located on the upper slopes of the bench in gravely glacial till soils. Evelina’s block sits in between the other two vineyards elevation wise in more sandy loam soils while the Raisin D’Etre Vineyard is located below Naramata road and consists mostly of loam and clay soils.
At the winery the fruit was separated into various lots, 15% 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 was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
The Waltz 2016, more concentrated than the 2015, has a bright and expressive nose of dark and light red fruits rounded out by light spice notes on the finish. On the palate this wine has more dark red fruit flavours. The acidity framed by silky tannins perfectly complement the bright red fruit notes and lengthy finish. The 2016 Waltz can be enjoyed immediately or laid down for 5+ years.
Acid/pH: 5.35 / 3.68