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Martin's Lane Naramata Ranch Vineyard Riesling
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Martin's Lane Naramata Ranch Vineyard Riesling 2014

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWinemaker Shane Munn hails from New Zealand but has extensive winemaking experience, including stints in Burgundy, Barolo and North America. He takes a micro view of the vineyard working with individual blocks or rows of vines and employing only gravity to move the juice. In general, the riesling is hand sorted, and not all the berries are crushed before they go to press (with no sulphur). The juice is settled and stirred; the ferment runs 7 to 14 days at 16 to 18C and is aged on its lees for six to nine months adding richness and texture. We love the ultra-bright and electric style of the Naramata fruit. Juicy, inviting and delicious, it is super fresh but doesn't threaten to peel the enamel off your teeth. The wine is site-driven, and the grapes make the most of a perfect latitude: 49.67 north where they gather sunshine in the daytime and retain acidity through the cool nights. Naramata Ranch sits at the very northern end of the Naramata Bench before it runs up against the mountains on the way to Chute Lake. The site spans several elevations where the soils, or perhaps better said rocks, are a mix of red granite on the surface over granite bedrock with no grass or cover crop.Tasted: 15 January 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 65.00 winery direct Producer: Martin's Lane WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: RieslingCSPC: 035483