The Waltz Pinot Noir 2019

Winemaker’s notes | Andrea Barker

Winter temperatures preceding the 2019 growing season were moderate however, a warm spell in January followed by a cold snap in February led to bud damage causing reduced yields throughout the valley. Warm weather towards the middle of spring led to average vine development through budbreak and flowering. Summer saw moderate temperatures with few debilitating heat spikes and a smoke-free valley. Due to the bud damage occurring over winter, some of the fruit was produced by secondary and tertiary buds, which have the tendency to produce smaller clusters that may ripen in different stages. Warm weather through the beginning of September presented perfect conditions for early-ripening varieties however, it was quickly followed by cool and wet weather beginning in the second week that resulted in increased disease pressure and a slowing of ripening in fruit still on the vines. High bird pressure and a Thanksgiving frost dealt a final blow to fruit yield throughout the valley. Despite significant losses in quantity, with judicious vine management throughout the season, well-placed sites protected from frost saw some of their best fruit in recent years. The extended ripening season in the fall led to concentrated flavour development and acid retention in fruit, producing well-balanced wines.

A blend of wine from Naramata, Summerland and the Similkameen Valley, harvested in mid-October. Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately with 25-30% whole clusters and the remainder destemmed and uncrushed. The fruit underwent a cold-soak for approximately 3 days in advance of fermentation. Gentle pump-overs and punch downs were carried out through alcoholic fermentation in order to extract ample colour and concentration while retaining elegance and vineyard typicity. Following maceration, the wines were transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing. This wine was aged for 16months in 14% new French oak and the remainder, 2nd fill and neutral. This wine was filtered prior to bottling for stability.

Tasting Notes:
The 2019 Foxtrot The Waltz is a choice blend of Pinot noir from the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys resulting in a well-balanced and elegant wine telling the story of its vintage. Cherry, red currant, cedar and earth complimented by subtle spices on the nose. Spice carries through to the palate with hints of cranberry and anise. Soft tannins provide ample structure and mineral-driven finish lingers.

Technical data:
Cases produced: 350
Bottled: April 2021
Acidity/pH: 6 g/L / 3.7
Residual sugar: 0.6 g/L
Alcohol: 13.3%