This past week we are thrilled to have picked our first Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes from our Naramata Bench estate on Tuesday, August 29th. The vines are still young, in 3rd leaf, and are thriving. The grapes are designated for a new Naramata Bench estate sparkling wine in our seven stars collection.
Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are often used to make Blanc de Noir sparkling wines, as is true for our seven stars Aurora. They can also make Rosé sparkling wines like the seven stars Equinox. Each of these varieties offers something to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure while also contributing beautiful aromatics. Pinot Meunier brings red berries and balance. One of the reasons that we planted Pinot Meunier for sparkling at our Naramata Estate.
The harvest for all our Okanagan Valley grapes intended for our sparkling wines is now complete, the earliest on record! We now await the Langley fruit for our seven stars Sirius. It is looking great right now thanks to Erica McCarthy’s due diligence.