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Martin's Lane Fritzi’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Martin's Lane Fritzi’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFritzi's vineyard is a compact, single vineyard site that sits at the base Mt. Boucherie, a former stratovolcano or conical volcano created some 60 million years ago. Between four and six different glacial periods over the past 50 million years have eroded the volcano to produce Mount Boucherie and the soils around it. It sits 417 metres above the nearby lake, although it's estimated to have been 2,000 metres or more back in the day. The vineyard faces south-east, giving it a warm nature, and it is named after owner Anthony von Mandl's 101-year-old mother. The vines are clone 115, and the fruit is dark fruited with round tannins that persist across the palate and through a very long finish. It will continue to improve in the bottle through 2019. Winemaker Shane Munn assesses every parcel on its own and uses numerous techniques at the crush pad, including whole bunches for carbonic or intracellular fermentation to keep the fruit bright. Some 40-to 50 percent of the fruit is fermented naturally on its yeast, and sulphur levels are kept very low. The small parcels are kept intact and are settled straight to tank.Tasted: 15 January 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 150.00 winery direct Producer: Martin's Lane WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 035320