Put some skins on it.
A study into small batch, low intervention skin contact wines. Exploring the intrigue and magic of what they can be, and how they can be enjoyed. Hopefully learning something along the way.
Both varietals were grown together on a site in the Southern Naramata region with mostly alluvial and sandy soil compositions. The Gewürztraminer was picked on the riper side [ at 23brix ] to capture the bright fruit tones common to the varietal. The Riesling was picked slightly under ripe, with the intention to add acidity back to the blend, while providing structure and balance.
100% grown at Mercier Vineyard, a subsidiary of Le Vieux Pin, located in West Oliver. The fruit comes from beautiful 27 year old vines, and are all organically farmed and planted on a fluvial bed of soils that were deposited against an ice lobe that filled the bottom of the valley during the last glacial period. The soils are mostly deep brown in colour and stoney with gravelly, sandy loams.
2019 WHITE RABBIT
The Chardonnay comes from the Le Vieux Pin Mercia Vineyard, south Oliver, 27yrs, organic, sandy loam with heavy gravel and stone. The Gew/Riesling comes from the same site in southern Naramata, 20yrs, organic transition, mostly alluvial and sand.
Salona Vineyard, La Stella, Osoyoos. 290m elevation, situated right on Osoyoos lake. Sandy with heavy loam and clay, granite subsoil. Muscat was planted in 2011. Organically farmed. 100% Muscat Petits Grain (Muscat Blanc). Hand harvested and de-stemmed, wild and spontaneous ferment started in open top vessels.
Both the Gewürztraminer (12yrs) and the Schönburger (23yrs) were grown together on a central Naramata site consisting of silt loam with some sand (‘glaciolacustrine’). Organically farmed, picked at the same time. The Muscat (10yrs) came from the Selona Vineyard at LaStella in Osoyoos. Sandy with heavy loam and clay, granite subsoil.