Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois 2020
Pinot Auxerrois isn’t very common in BC but luckily the first generation of the family that started Gray Monk winery brought Auxerrois from the Alsace region to BC. In Alsace this grape is often blended with Pinot Blanc to make Cremant d’Alsace, a delicate sparkling wine. Here we experience a still, delicate expression that does well growing in the Okanagan.
Pale gold, this wine expresses many subtle fruit characters on the nose: Asian pear, white peach, Bartlett pear and golden delicious apple. Off dry, the palate is light bodied and soft with medium - acid but still full of fruit. Pear, peach, melon and apple meld with light honey and a sandy minerality.
This wine is one of those garden wines, if that makes any sense. The lower acidity and delicate profile, but clear, sweet fruit flavours, make me want to spread out a blanket and sit in the grass. A picnic wine, but up the ante. Try pairing it with of Thai or an Asian noodle salad. Or even really good potato chips and a veggie sandwich.