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The Waltz 2018
The 2018 Waltz is a blend of pinot noir fruit from three terroirs: Naramata Bench, Summerland and the
Similkameen Valley. Higher than average snowfall levels over winter contributed to high soil moisture
content, encouraging greater than average vigour. A cool spring resulted in a slightly delayed budbreak,
but by flowering, growth had caught up to average timing for the valley. Warm and dry weather
encouraged good fruit set with a potential for high yield. However, there was disease pressure through
most of the growing season, which reduced the eventual crop size. Also, during mid-summer, several
weeks of smoke from distant wildfires in the region caused extensive sunlight blocking. This reduced
photosynthesis and slowed down the onset of veraison. Though delaying harvest slightly, the smoke cover
also helped to mitigate extreme high temperatures, allowing for greater fruit development. Strong diurnal
temperatures around harvest encouraged the retention of acidity in the fruit, lending to balanced wines.
Overall, 2018 was a cooler year than average, with moderate yields and healthy fruit of excellent quality.
The fruit that formed the 2018 Waltz was processed and fermented separately, by vineyard and block. The
fruit was partially destemmed, leaving approximately 1/3 whole clusters for added complexity. After 3
days of cold soak, the fruit was inoculated with a choice selection of yeast strains. Manual punch downs
were performed over a two-week period three times per day, reducing to twice daily towards the end of
fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels, approximately 30%
new, and the remainder, a combination of 2nd fill to neutral. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in
barrel and the wine aged sur lies for a period of 14 months, continuing to keep the original vineyard
blocks separate until blended just before bottling. Prior to bottling in April 2020, the wine was racked,
blended and filtered.
The 2018 Waltz Pinot Noir displays a classic earth-driven nose with subtle notes of cherry, raspberry jam
and orange peel. Liquorice and spice complement the earth and iron notes on the palate, presenting a fresh
acidity and soft tannins. Lively red tart cherries carry through to the finish. Enjoy now by decanting or
cellar up to 3 years.
Acid/pH: 3.92 / 5.0g/L Residual sugar: 1.7g/L Alcohol: 13.1%
Bottled: April 2020 Released: July 2020
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