FARMER Duncan Billing
OWNERS Christine Coletta, Steve Lornie
LOCATION Garnet Valley Ranch, Summerland Okanagan, British Columbia
VINEYARD The 320-acre Garnet Valley Ranch, located in Summerland, BC was purchased in 2012. Later that year, Chilean terroir consultant Pedro Parra set about determining vineyard blocks and employing precision viticulture strategies. The first block was planted in 2014 and today the site has 40 acres of vines (Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling), with each block fenced separately, allowing wildlife to roam and visit a restored pond which has brought song birds and
other small animals back to the site. Vineyard blocks are located between 600 and 680 meters (1,968 and 2,230 feet) above sea level, making this the highest elevated vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley. The entire property is certified organic and is also home to a herd of sheepand eight acres of organic vegetables.
WINEMAKER Matt Dumayne
WINEMAKING Organically harvested in October 2017, this Pinot Noir was fermented using native yeasts in three open top fermenters and one 600L barrel. After an extended fermentation with daily punch downs and rolling by hand, the wine was pressed off to one concrete egg-shaped
tank and two large oak barrels.
WINE PROFILE Brooding aromas of cherries and dark red berry fruits intermingled with mocha and an oyster shell salinity. A delicate entry of red and black fruits compliments a savoury herbaceouness unique to Pinot Noir. Sensuous yet rustic tannins frame the lengthy finish and highlight our high elevation Garnet Valley Ranch.