2010 Pika Pika (sparkling white)
The Okanagan Valley has a great climate for producing sparkling or method traditional bubbles (even in an average year). The traditional grapes for bubbles include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. All of which grow great in the Okanagan Valley. Our 2010 Pika Pika is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay was picked off a vineyard on Hwy 97 and Rd 4 in Oliver. The Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir were picked in Naramata. All three varieties were picked in mid-September, so that the fruit would have high acid and low sugar, which results in a base wine that will get better with secondary fermentation.
The fruit was whole bunch pressed; which gives you a lower yield, with higher quality juice. After primary fermentation, the wine is handled like other white wines; stabilized and filtered. The next step is to put the cuvee through secondary fermentation by adding yeast and sugar into the bottled wine. The wine is then sealed with a crown cap and then left lying in a picking bin for months and months. After 18 months the wine was put into riddling racks and the painstaking job of turning the bottles twice a day began. The wine is riddled until it is clear and then disgorging takes place.
The 2010 Pika Pika is a zero dosage sparkling wine. This means that after the crown caps and sediment are removed the lost wine is replaced with the same base wine with no added sugar. In most cases the dosage is the base wine, with sugar added to balance the end result.
Clean, fruit forward, fresh, nutty and toasty
Great balance of acidity/sweetness and mild lees/fruit
West coast raw oysters, scallop ceviche, charcuterie, cheese fondue and poutine.
Chardonnay 70%; Pinot Noir 17%; Pinot Blanc 13%
- Total acidity 8.5 g/L
- pH 3.20
- Residual Sugar 5.5 g/L
- Alcohol 12.5%
- Cases Produced: 160 cases x six packs
- cspc +574673
Price: $24.90 / 7
50 ml bottle