Riesling and Pinot Noir are two of my favourite grape varieties. I’ve done an analysis on these grapes and their aromas and flavours in the Okanagan before and saw that the soils and latitude that the vineyards are located have an effect on the grapes. I looked forward to opening these two bottles that Dirty Laundry Vineyard provided to me to review. The grapes come from their Summerland vineyards. The Riesling is fermented in stainless steel, while the Pinot Noir is barrel aged in French oak for 18 months, with 30% being new barrels.
Dirty Laundry’s Winemaker Mason Spink
My Tasting Notes
Dirty Laundry Riesling 2019 (BC $16.99 on sale) – Clear, bright medium intensity lemon in colour. This wine has medium intensity youthful aromas of citrus, lychee, and grapefruit rind, and with some air you get lime and aromas as well. With further decanting you get lots of lime, peach, grapefruit and orange aromas. This wine is sweeter than off-dry, giving a thicker mouthfeel. It is round with medium-plus intensity aromas of stone fruits primarily, peaches and pears, along with grapefruit rind apple and lime which show up mid palate to the finish. You also get a hint of mandarin oranges and some minerality. With decanting you get again mostly stone fruits, but also lime and orange. Medium length finishing with peaches and limes. A mix of tartness and off-dry sweetness on the finish. Try with some spot prawns or humpback shrimp from BC’s waters.
Rating: – A sweeter Riesling with primarily stone fruit aromas and flavours, along with lime and orange. Light acidity.
Dirty Laundry Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 (BC $25.19 on sale) – Medium translucent garnet, about 60% solid colour from rim to core. It has lighter aromas of smoky raspberries, very ripe black cherries, and touches of floral, nutmeg, oak and plum. With decanting you can add some cedar and chocolate aromas. This wine is dry with very light fine tannins and lighter acidity. Medium-plus body and flavour intensity. It is very silky smooth on the palate. It starts off with lots of floral but gives way to red fruits, nutmeg, and cherries along with a touch of cedar, oak and vanilla. No change with decanting. It finishes with ripe red and black fruit; nutmeg and plum at the very end. Very light fine tannins. To be enjoyed young. Pairing with salmon is always a good choice.
Rating: – A light red-fruited Pinot Noir with a touch of nutmeg. Very light tannins. Drink now.