Naramata Bench, BC, Canada
Nichol Winery is one of the northernmost wineries on the Naramata Bench. They have been making wine there for 22 years and famously have the oldest Syrah vines in the Country. The first part of their vineyard was planted between 1989 and 1991 and surrounds the winery on all sides. Their 17 rows of Syrah are planted on granite in the north eastern portion of the vineyard. All vineyards are south and west facing, range from 1400-1500 feet in elevation and are entirely own-rooted.
The majority of vineyard work is done by hand with minimal tractor use. Picking is by hand into 10L baskets and yields are kept low. Vines are mostly dry farmed (no irrigation) and vineyard work is entirely organic. There is no fertilizer used with grass between every row.
Wines are unfined and unfiltered and are aged in almost entirely old French oak with every wine seeing barrel at some point of its’ life. They avoid colour fixers, acidification techniques or flavour and alcohol enhancers.
Nichol Winery and Lock + Worth Winery share equipment, staff, philosophy and are owned by the same great people.
2016 Nichol Vineyard Pinot Gris
Planted from 1990-2005 on a mix of granite, granite shard, loess and glacial till from a vineyard in Naramata village. Hand-picked, gently crushed and left to settle on the skins for 36 hours in open top fermenters. Pressed of the skins with fermentation taking place in a combination of 2 ton open top fermenters and 5+ year old French barrels. Gently filtered. This is an excellent introduction into skin contact white wines (orange wines) for those who are curious!
2012 Nichol Vineyard Pinot Noir
6 rows planted in 1990 on granite bedrock. Hand-picked, gently de-stemmed in to open top fermenters. Basket pressed with Malolactic Fermentation taking place in neutral French barrels. Raised in Neutral French Barrels for 13 months. Racked twice and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2012 Nichol Vineyard Cabernet Franc
13 rows planted in 1989 on granite bedrock in Naramata Village. Hand-picked and destemmed into open top fermenters. Basket pressed with Malolactic Fermentation taking place in neutral French Barrels. Raised in neutral French oak barrels for 12 months. Racked twice and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2012 Nichol Vineyard Syrah
17 rows planted in 1990 and 1991 on granite bedrock in Naramata Village. These are the oldest Syrah vineyard in Canada! Hand-picked, de-stemmed andfermented on skins in 2 ton open top fermenters. Basket pressed with Malolactic Fermentation taking place in Neutral French barrels. Raised in a combination of 2-5 year old 500 litre puncheons and barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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