90 PTS — Rick VanSickle
“This is consistently one of the best Orange style wines made in Ontario. This version is a blend of 65% Riesling and 35% Gewurz. The skins were left in contact with the wine for an incredible 243 days. It shows a cloudy/orange-y hue in the glass with an earthy/reductive nose that blows off with vigorous swirling. Underneath the funk, tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind and ginger notes emerge. It’s tart and racy on the palate with orange skin, saline notes, grapefruit, subtle tannins and lemon zest. Mouth-watering acidity drives the bus on the finish. Orange fans will absolutely love this wine.”
65% Riesling, 35% Gewurz. The skins were left in contact with the wine for 8 months — 243 days to be exact. Fermented using natural yeasts (i.e. wild fermented) with light punchdowns during fermentation for gentle extraction from the skins. When dry the tank was sealed and opened only a handful of times during the year. Full natural malo. It was pressed and moved into older oak for 3 months, racked once thereafter and bottled. Bottled with fine lees; unfined/unfiltered. Bottled in September of 2020 with minimal (5ppm) sulphur.
A Nose of sweet marmalade with a hint of mushroom. A refreshing palate with moderate tannins and tantalizing acidity.
Cases Produced: 150
Grower: Ed Hughes, Velo Vineyards
Harvested: October 2020