Costa & Jody made their first wine in 2016. Inspired by a bottle of Radikon tasted in Paris in 2011, they fermented organically farmed Pinot Blanc on the skins for several months before extended élevage in barrel. The goal was to make something they wanted to drink – at this point, Amber Wines were a rarity in the Okanagan.
In the vineyard, Costa & Jody employ a wide variety of ethical farming techniques to improve their soils. From Fukuoka inspired no-till farming, to biodynamic teas, they’ve opted for a holistic approach. By studying their soil food web, they hope to pursue regenerative agriculture leading to increased soil biodiversity. Sustainability and wine quality aren’t mutually exclusive.
In the winery Costa & Jody are minimalists. Their wines are wild fermented, not for philosophical reasons, but because in their experience it yields complexity. All wines go through ambient malolactic conversion. They harvest based on acidity and flavour instead of sugar which negates the need to adjustments and adjuncts.
As described by the winery – “You might be familiar with the 2018 vintage of this wine. It made a lot of people very happy. It was delightful and a complete surprise – we didn’t even know we were going to have the chance to make Gamay until a week or so before we harvested it. In 2019 we had time to plan. We changed a few things due to the vintage and lessons we learned from fermenting the 2018. Mostly, we stomped more. We like stomping! We like stomping! Maybe it’s the East Coast in us – Mr. Stompin’ Tom Connors coming out in our winemaking preferences – or maybe it is more of a Mr. Deeds’ butler sort of thing, we don’t know why.
In any case, this wine is everything we loved about the 2018 with amped up structural integrity. The texture is more robust from tannin and there is a slightly more sappy aroma and flavour; both of these are probably due to the greater time this wine spent with juice contacting the stems compared to 2018. The other fact of note is that we tripled our production of this wine in 2019 – so fill your… BOOTS!”