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Haywire Pinot Gris Switchback Vineyard Raised in Concrete
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Haywire Pinot Gris Switchback Vineyard Raised in Concrete 2012

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom the cellar. 2012 was the year of Pedro Parra's intensive GIS soil mapping and the first vintage for carving up Switchback vineyard into five distinct plots. Each was vinified separately (some in concrete, some wild ferment), before they were pieced back together for the desired final result. Pedro refers to this technique as "Frankenstein wine", as it is constructed from parts, with the goal being that the sum is a greater force than the components on their own. Now, four years along, this organically farmed wine shows nutty, earthy notes, walnut shell and heady honey, with white cherry blossoms, broken stones, green fig, quince paste and a plump layer of herbal lees lining the whole. Textural pear skin and a pierce of medicinal pear oil is brightened with bell-ringing acidity. Drinking well now, so if you have in your cellar, reward yourself.Tasted: 03 March 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 23.00 winery direct Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad WineryDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
Varietal: Pinot Gris/Pinot GrigioCSPC: 629444UPC: 00626990161783