The days are getting longer and we are looking forward to Spring and the sprouting of crocus and snowdrops in the lower mainland. Our thought may also start to move toward enjoying white wines. I have two white wines from Haywire Winery in the Okanagan: the Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2021 and Haywire Chardonnay 2021. The wines were both fermented in concrete tanks using indigenous yeasts, and then aged on lees. The Chardonnay went through an extra step of going through a secondary malolactic fermentation that softens the acidity and adds a buttery texture to the wine. Both wines are Eco-Cert organic certified. Let me tell you about them.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2021 (BC $29.99)
Appearance: A medium-plus bright Bosc pear skin colour.
Nose: Medium-intensity aromas of ripe pears, a touch of apricot and grape stem, plus some honey with air. Enticing aromas. No change with decanting.
Palate: Dry, medium body, with a round, thicker mouthfeel and firm acidic backbone. Zesty acidity. Juicy pears and pear skin flavour along with stoniness. No change with decanting.
Finish: A medium-plus length finishing with pear and pear skin, along with some grape stem bitterness, stoniness, and a touch of honey at the very end. No change with decanting.
A tasty Pinot Gris with juicy pear flavours and zesty acidity. No need to decant.
Rating: – A medium-plus bright Bosc pear skin colour. Medium-intensity aromas of ripe pears, a touch of apricot, grape stem, and honey. Dry, medium-bodied with zesty acidity. Juicy pear flavour along with stoniness. Medium-plus length.
Haywire Chardonnay 2021 (BC $29.99)
Appearance: Medium-plus bright lemon colour.
Nose: Medium-intensity aromas primarily toast and pineapple, with lesser amounts of ripe peach and grape stem. You also get pear and honey with some time in the glass. No change to the aromas after decanting.
Palate: This wine is dry, medium-plus body, round with a thicker mouthfeel. You get a light acidity prickle to start which transitions to a buttery feel toward the finish. Toast and pineapple to start with pears on the mid-palate and honey toward the finish. There is a touch of grape stem and stoniness as well. No change to the flavours after decanting.
Finish: Medium-plus length finishing with toast, pineapple, honey, pears and a touch of bitter grape stem. No change on the finish with decanting.
A wine that offers tasty pineapple and stone fruit aromas and flavours. No change with decanting so open and enjoy at your leisure.
Rating: Medium-plus bright lemon colour. Medium-intensity aromas of toast and pineapple with lesser amounts of peach and grape stem. Dry, medium body, with a thicker mouthfeel. Pineapple and pears along with some toastiness, grape stem, and stoniness on the palate. Medium-plus length.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
These two wines are being made available first to club members and shareholders before being open to the public. You will be able to purchase the wines through the Haywire Winery retail web page.