Distinctive character, with rich palate coating textures and lots of layers and depth - this is benchmark Wine Appearance: Brooding dark purple edges with an intense dark red rose coloured center. Aroma: Savoury herbs and warm earth, hint of rose petal, toasted walnut and anise. Palate: An intense entry showcasing the Okanagan spirit of Pinot Noir: ripe black staccatto cherry, black current, baked blueberries, and a breath of roasted red pepper. The initial power gives way to layers of structured tannin that promise years of drinkability but still with the silky presence to drink now. The finish presents the impression of freshly toasted cashews, black pepper, and slatey minerality. A truly quintessential Premium Okanagan Pinot Noir.
Decanting can occur at cellar temperature; allow to breathe for 15-25 minutes. Traditional pairings to consider include lamb, tenderloin, venison, and a multitude of game birds and don’t be afraid to pour with sockeye salmon and ahi tuna. Side up with well-seasoned mushrooms, truffle baby potatoes, or black forbidden rice. Hardened artisan cheeses and aged meats are always favorite accompaniments for those simple but satisfying char-cut evenings.
91 POINTS Decanter International Wine Awards 2017 (London, UK)
GOLD National Wine Awards of Canada 2017 (Ontario, CA)
DOUBLE GOLD Platinum Awards Wine Press Northwest 2016 (Washington, USA)
Lead Winemaker Matthew Fortuna and Consulting Winemaker Grant Stanley have been producing award winning wines together at 50th Parallel since 2013. Prior to this tenure, they worked together for seven years producing world class wines at another great Pinot house in the Okanagan valley.
Their talents have now been focussed on producing premium fruit from the 50th Parallel Estate vineyards, and dialed in to using their new state-of-the-art gravity flow winery to produce some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir.