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Stags Hollow, Albarino Okanagan Falls 2020
The nose shows vibrant notes of ripe stone fruit, lemon curd, grapefruit and honey, with lifted notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom. Generously rich and textural from the extended lees contact, but balanced by a mouth-watering acidity. The finish is refreshingly dry and mineral-driven, with lingering salinity.
The fruit hand-picked and hand-sorted, destemmed, and lightly crushed before being pressed. A small portion of the fruit was crushed into a picking bin and allowed to spontaneously ferment on skins for 5 days before being pressed into a stainless steel tank. Of the pressed juice, a portion was racked, after 12 hours of settling, into stainless steel barrels and French oak barriques (one new, one 3rd fill & one 4th fill). The remaining portion settled a further 24 hours and was transferred into 2 concrete tanks. These inoculated ferments were kept cool (12-14°C), monitored closely, and all were aged on their lees with frequent stirring to build texture. After 6 months, the lots were blended, stabilized, filtered and bottled.
Together Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger started with a 10 acre vineyard in 1992, that was planted to Vidal and Chasselas. The winery was later constructed in 1995 after the first official crush. At that time, Stag's Hollow Winery was one of only 30 wineries in British Columbia! Beginnings were humble, with a small winery built under the wine shop and home. Initial plans were to keep things simple, producing 1500 cases annually, concentrating on Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Vidal. Over the first five years, expansion occurred due to demand and the good fortune of working with passionate growers with similar goals to grow quality fruit.
In 2011, another 18 acres of raw land was purchased 2km north of the home vineyard. Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard, named for the creek that runs through it, is home to exciting varieties from Spain and Italy, as well as a large amount of Pinot Noir. In 2019, the winery was purchased from Larry and Linda but they remained as managers, leading the team until April of 2021, when they shifted into retirement.
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