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Haywire Switchback Organic Vineyard Pinot Gris
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16¾/20

Haywire Switchback Organic Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSwitchback Organic Vineyard is surrounded by wild sage, bunch grass, ponderosa pine and fruit trees, all of which appear throughout the wine. This brings me to my annual question: when will they drop the pinot gris from the label? A landmark achievement, this pinot gris is 95 percent site and terroir, and five percent variety. The silty, gravelly soils with rocks encased in limestone underline a southeast facing vineyard, planted to 100 percent clone 52 pinot gris. It is now 18 years old, and has been farmed organically since 2011. The fruit comes in over four separate picks, and is whole-cluster pressed to concrete tanks where it's fermented using native yeasts, and left on gross lees for ten months. The textures are creamy perfect, the acidity lively, and the palate is a complex mix of wildflowers, sage, salt, savoury melon, quince and pear skin sprinkled with lemon. Delicious, Next World pinot gris that's textural, botanical and newly certified organic.Tasted: 25 November 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 26.90 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: Pinot Gris/Pinot GrigioCSPC: 629444UPC: 626990161783