Ursa Major 2021 Riesling 750ml
Grown at Mariposa Vineyard from the Similkameen Valley. The soil is made up of various glacial rock formations, primarily stony and silty loam. Heat consistently reflects off of the giant rock formations, so heat is still emitted long after the sun sets. There is a constant wind that rushes through the narrow valley that evaporates any moisture, so mildew and pest pressure is very low. I do not farm this vineyard, this is a negociant wine. I was not allowed to choose picking dates, I was told by the grower that the grapes would just show up at my doorstep! The bins showed up approximately 60-80% affected with botrytis! So I leaned into it. Direct pressed in an open system press, left to settle overnight. The next day the juice was racked into two neutral French oak barrels and two stainless steel barrels. The wine went through a very slow ambient ferment and secondary ferment in barrels. It was left to age in barrels for 10 months on lees. The wine was filtered and then bottled with approximately 30ppm of sulphur.