The Bench Pinot Gris

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Wine Style

Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines. The Bench Pinot Gris is part of our Collector Series selection. Each of these wines are grown in specific vineyard sites and crafted to the highest possible standards. They are made in very limited quantities and only available at our estate.


Tasting & Pairing

The 2015 is a delightful, dry, medium bodied, fruity white wine. It opens with aromas of white flowers, ripe pear, red apple and stone fruit flavours with hints of spice and subtle mineral notes. The palate has great fruit intensity balanced by crisp, citrusy acidity and a long finish. The restrained use of quality French oak adds weight, mouthfeel and structure to this elegant wine. We suggest pairing with fresh seafood such as scallops and halibut, linguini with clams or grilled chicken kebabs.


Winemaking

A long, dry, hot summer created ideal growing conditions in our vineyards. Our Pinot Gris is sourced 100% from a single site known as ‘The Bench’. The fruit was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed then immediately cold settled, which allowed us to capture the true aromatic and fruity nature of this grape. Most of the juice was fermented in stainless steel but approximately one third went into new and 2 year old French oak barrels to add texture and complexity to the finished wine.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13.0%
Total acidity: 5.9 g/l
Residual sweetness: 0.9 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 466185
UPC code: 778856415438
Date bottled: June 2016
Case volume: 880


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Wine Style

Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines. The Anniversary Series is a selection of wines grown on specific family vineyard sites. Each wine is crafted to the highest standards in limited quantities which are only available at the estate. The Bench recognizes one of the original sites our grandfather farmed upon arriving to the Okanagan in 1908.


Tasting & Pairing

The 2014 opens with a burst of white flowers and orange blossom and notes of ripe pear and juicy tangerine. The palate is round and elegant, balanced by refreshing acidity. The deft use of oak adds another dimension. Pair with fresh seafood such as scallops and BC salmon, roast chicken and pasta with cream based sauces.


Winemaking

We are delighted to offer up a wine that over delivers on flavor and quality from the area where our family first started farming in East Kelowna. Our Pinot Gris is sourced 100% from a single site known as ‘the Bench’. It was whole bunch pressed and cold fermented before 40% was barrel aged in new and 2 year old French oak barrels for 8 months. Our Pinot Gris is ready to enjoy now or can be aged up to 2018.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 12.5 %
Total acidity: 6.4 g/l
Residual sweetness: 7.8 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 466185
UPC code: 778856414431
Date bottled: June 2015
Case volume: 850


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Wine Style

Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines. The Anniversary Series is a selection of wines grown on specific family vineyard sites. Each wine is crafted to the highest standards in limited quantities which are only available at the estate. The Bench recognizes one of the original sites our grandfather farmed upon arriving to the Okanagan in 1908.


Tasting & Pairing

Hints of toasted brioche, almonds and Anjou pear are expressed upon first nose of our first release of single site Pinot Gris wine. Dense in structure, weight and length, the wine itself is fresh and crisp with notes of grapefruit peel, mineral and toast on the finish. Our Pinot Gris has a wonderful mouth feel to it with delicate fresh and mineral flavors reminiscent of a Northern Italian Pinot Grigio that would complement a pistachio crusted sablefish or BC ling cod.


Winemaking

While we have been serving this wine at our Old Vines Restaurant and utilizing as a blending component to enhance wines with complexity, length and mouth feel, this is the first bottling of Pinot Gris to become available as a permanent part of our line up. We are delighted to offer up a wine that over delivers on flavor and quality from the area where our family first started farming in East Kelowna. Our 25th Anniversary Pinot Gris is sourced 100% from a single site known as ‘the Bench’. It was whole bunch pressed and cold fermented before 20% was barrel aged in new and 2 year old French oak barrels for 8 months. Our Pinot Gris is ready to enjoy now or can be aged up to 3 years.


Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13 % Total acidity: 6.3 g/l Residual sweetness: 2.5 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 433185 UPC code: 778856413434 Date bottled: June 2014 Case volume: 790


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