Intriguing and complex, although lighter in body than our flagship Pinot Noir, this wine has a nice balance of fruit, acidity and oak.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Select has kiss of bitterness on the lingering dry finish, after a silky mouth-feel due, in part, to the 24 months the wine aged in excellent neutral French oak.
It is so interesting to see how the exact same clone expresses itself in different soil and with a different trellis system.
The fruit for the Pinot Noir Select was sourced from canyonview vineyard in Summerland. Although, most of the clones at canyonview are 667 and 115, the clone used was the self-rooted Scherzinger clone. The soil at cayonview vineyard is granite and limestone, where as the soil at Giant Head Estate is granite, volcanic ash and glacial till, however, and this is the interesting thing, the clones at Giant Head are 80 % Scherzinger.
The trellis system at canyonview is a vertical shoot positioning sytem (VSP) whereas giant head estate utilizes a geneva double curtain trellis system (GDC)