Haywire Winery 2011 Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris - 89pts
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Production: 1000 cases
Date Tasted: June th, 2012
Tasting Notes: The common wisdom in the trade is that wine is made in the vineyard. The land, the viticulture decisions and weather account for the upper-limit of quality any wine will would likely achieve from its source grapes. Winemaking, then, is a series of decisions that pilots the wine home to port, keeping it safe from harm and trying to cause as little damage as possible. For the most part I've found this to be true. However, occasionally, a winemaking decision can work to elevate a wine beyond its expected potential and such is the case with Haywire's single vineyard Pinot Gris.
The Summerland firm have chosen to invest in concrete egg fermentation tanks which service all of their wines but it's with the Pinot Gris that the effects of the added lees contact is greatest. The egg shape and integrated tubing serve to control the temperature during fermentation and allow for a continuous circulation of the wine in the tank. The result is a more complete and compelling texture and mouth feel - especially during a cool, acidic year like 2011. Add to the mix the classic BC Pinot Gris citrus, white peach and mineral flavours with the acid and lees character of a still Champagne and you have yourself a tasty treat. Will hold for a few years but is tasting beautifully now, so why wait? Drink now-2014.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca