Who farms using horses these days? Well the kind folks from Illahe sure do. Working the vineyard by hand gives you a much better idea what each plants needs in order to yield the highest quality fruit. They feel the ebbs and flows of nature and the seasons, tailoring sprays and other treatments to each vine instead of treating the entire vineyard as a monochromatic entity. In the winery they forgo heavy manipulation. You’d be shocked by how many wineries add things like colour and flavourings to their products.
This is how the winery describes the Illahe Pinot Gris – “Lemon zest, mint, Bartlett pear and hay on the nose with flavors of peach pit, fresh fig, homemade nougat, baked apple with cinnamon and white clover on the palate. This Pinot Gris has great viscosity and weight with balanced acid and long finish.”