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Averill Creek Somenos Pinot Gristext
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Averill Creek Somenos Pinot Gris 2018

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada2018 was winemaker Brent Rowland's inaugural vintage with Cowichan's Averill Creek, and he made his mark quickly. This striking pinot gris comes from a very exposed part of the vineyard, with stony gravels interspersed with sandy loams. There is a little bit of botrytised fruit in here, adding a subtle savoury note. After foot stomping and leaving on skins overnight, this was whole bunch pressed, and native fermented in a mix of old oak barrels (85%), 1 year old barrels (10%) and new wood (5%). The wine remained there for 18 months on lees with no b√Ętonnage. Brent says that pinot gris on the island behaves a lot like chardonnay, and I see what he means in this wine. Pear, quince, subtle orange and threads of honeysuckle are woven throughout this wine, textured with fine spicing, and finishing with a lingering salinity. Very moreish. Well done.Tasted: 29 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 35.00 winery direct Producer: Averill Creek VineyardDistributors: Massey Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Grape: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio