Our latest Winemaker's Blog Series touches on an important and timely topic - Sustainability and Resilience.
Our award winning winemaker Kathy Malone brings us a new installment of her beloved Winemaker's Blog Series, educating us on why vintage matters and how to navigate this when enjoying older bottles.
Hillside is extremely proud to be a continued supporter of One Sky Community Services through both our "One Sky" wine initiative as well as individual donations. Check out Kathy's latest Winemaker's Blog entry, where she chats about her recent trip to the Wine Leader's Forum in Napa, and why the OneSky wine initiative is so very near and dear to her heart.
Featuring an interview with Dr. Pat Bowen of the Summerland Research and Development Centre
Through the summer of 2010, Hillside hosted a number of “terroir tastings” from barrels, illustrating the similarities and differences between four blocks of 2009 Merlot from the Naramata bench and one Oliver block.
The difference was obvious—almost a Sesame Street segment of “one of these things is not like the other” --the wine from Oliver fruit was “benchmark” dark plum Merlot, while the Naramata-sourced fruit was more complex and in addition to the classic merlot flavours, all shared a flavour component attributable to the soil.
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Grow the best quality fruit possible, pick at optimum physiological ripeness, ferment cool, and intervene with nature only when necessary…simple, elegant. Simple, elegant, yes, but easy? Definitely not. What does "intervention" really mean when it comes to winemaking? CLICK HERE to hear from our winemaker Kathy Malone.
So here we are. You have the background on the Naramata Bench and the BC system of sub-Geographic-Indicators, now it’s time to explore how they came together. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE