Big Head 'Pinot Gris Select' 2018, Lincoln Lakeshore VQA

Big Head 'Pinot Gris Select' 2018, Lincoln Lakeshore VQA

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Cuvée: Pinot Gris Select

Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Pinot Gris
Appellation: Lincoln Lakeshore VQA
Region, Country: Niagara, Canada
Alcohol: 13.1%
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Andre Lipinski

From Big Head:

We put the hand-harvested whole bunches into stainless steel and blanketed them with CO2. They were left for 10 days to ferment carbonicly (made up word). We pressed into neutral 1000L oak barrels and it finished fermentation, including malolactic conversion, and matured for an additional 7 months before going into bottle.

Close your eyes, and you can see how this is a mutation of Pinot Noir, not a relative. The nose is fragrant, fruity, and earthy. It has plenty of orange peel, candied beet, and orange blossom. The colour is influencing my aromatic descriptors. The palate is dry, fresh and it has body from the whole cluster fermentation. This is a serious Pinot Gris, and one of my favourite wines of 2018.