Haywire Winery 2009 Switchback Pinot Gris - 87pts

Haywire Winery 2009 Switchback Pinot Gris (Summerland) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery
Cost: $22.90
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 168 cases
Date Tasted: August 12th, 2010

Tasting Notes: The Switchback Pinot Gris, named for the vineyard site upon which it is grown, is the first release from a new micro-winery in Summerland: Haywire. Proprietors Steve Lornie and Christine Coletta, she of the influential wine marketing firm Coletta and Associates, are starting small with a limited release of estate grown Pinot Gris - just 168 cases. Plans for a Pinot Noir, Rosé and Sparkling Wine are in place and should come online in subsequent years.

The choice to grow Pinot Gris was presumably an attempt to match their Sumerland, East-facing terroir to the appropriate varietal. Their inaugural release suggests this was the right choice as they have produced a very unique and intriguing wine. Good things are in store for Haywire Winery, despite the chaos suggested by the named.

The Switchback Pinot Gris starts with alluring aromas of juicy, baked peaches and minerality, with herbal notes on the nose. The dry palate offers both fruity and savory flavours of citrus fruits, pears and dried herbs. The finish is moderate in length with lingering lemon tartness. Drink now.
 - Liam Carrier

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