Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Forgotten Hill

 

Forgotten Hill wines are definitely on our “buy” list for the Holidays. We tasted these yummy wines in May of this year and we were very impressed. The first efforts of winemaker Benoit Gauthier for Forgotten Hill, but by no means is Gauthier a novice, His full time position is at Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery as Winemaker and Vineyard Manager and is a testament to his abilities.

We highly recommend Forgotten Hill wines not only because they are great wines but they are unique, small batch, boutique wines that can be hard to find. So worth the effort to find these delicious wines that come with an excellent price point of $19.04 for the Pinot Gris and Rosé at the winery.

For the most part, Forgotten Hill wines are available in their tasting room or online. Save and except their fantastic Pinot Noir which is sold out online but is still available at New District in Vancouver at $39.90. You will also find a Forgotten Hill Pinot Gris (no vintage available) at New District at $24.99.

 

2015 PINOT GRIS

2015 Forgotten Hill Pinot Gris $19.04 at the wine shop

Growing

Our Pinot Gris is entirely estate-grown, on the highest elevation vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Nine-year-old vines stretch deep roots through sandy, gravelly soil, and are sparingly watered, yielding compact clusters brimming with intense flavours.

Tasting

Redolent of ripe pear & apricot, almond, orange blossom and chamomile, this wine has a creamy note underscored by rich minerality.

Winemaking

This wine was whole cluster pressed and entirely fermented and aged in stainless steel. Two different strains of yeast were employed to cultivate a complex aroma and luscious mouth.

Varietal

100% Pinot Gris

 

2016 PINOT GRIS

2016 Forgotten Hill Pinot Gris $19.04 at the wine shop

Growing

Our Pinot Gris is entirely estate-grown, on the highest elevation vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Nine-year-old vines stretch deep roots through sandy, gravelly soil, and are sparingly watered, yielding compact clusters brimming with intense flavours.

Tasting

Crisp and juicy, this wine is evocative of pears poached with ginger & cloves, sun-warmed apricots, lime zest, mint & honeysuckle blossom.

Winemaking

This wine was fermented slowly, at low temperature for one month. Three different strains of yeast were employed to cultivate a complex, fruity aroma and juicy mouthfeel. Aged exclusively in stainless steel.

Varietal

100% Pinot Gris

 

2016 ROSÉ

Growing

The Pinot Noir component of the Rosé was grown in our family vineyard, on our rough, gravelly soil, with a minimum of irrigation. The Merlot component was grown in Okanagan Falls, in a richer soil.

Tasting

Delicate and elegant in style, with the expected strawberry-rhubarb approach underscored with pink grapefruit, honey, orange blossom and a savoury note of herbes de Provence.

Winemaking

19% of this wine was made using the saignée method from our estate Pinot Noir, and 81% was made from Merlot with4 hours of skin contact prior to pressing. Both we fermented separately, but with the same yeast

Varietal

81% Merlot
19% Pinot Noir 13.6%

 

2015 PINOT NOIR

 Forgotten Hill Pinot Noir available only at New District $39.90

Growing

Our Pinot Noir is entirely estate-grown, on the highest elevation vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Nine-year-old vines stretch deep roots through sandy, gravelly soil, and are sparingly watered, yielding compact clusters brimming with intense flavours.

Tasting

Velvety and decadent, the Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of black cherry and red currant combined with black pepper, clove, juniper, leather & black tea.

Winemaking

After cold soaking for three days, a long, cool fermentation was employed to respect the delicacy of the Pinot Noir. The wine was then gently aged in 3 year French oak for 15 months.

Varietal

100% Pinot Noir

Again we remind you that with a production of the Pinot Noir at only 25 cases we strongly suggest you act quickly. Forgotten Hill Pinot Noir available only at New District $39.90

Valerie van der Gracht

About Valerie van der Gracht

I am a Boomer, mom, gram, wife, foodie, wine novice, and I love to travel. Experiencing life and dividing my time between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Formerly a Vancouver Wine Festival volunteer and freelance blogger for HelloVanCity.com and VancouverIslandStyle.com now Editor and Publisher of MyVanCity.ca
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