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Scout Vineyard Skin Contact Riesling
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16½/20

Scout Vineyard Skin Contact Riesling 2018

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFour friends (two couples) began Scout Vineyard, based in the Southern Similkameen, and named for co-owners Murray and Maggie Fonteyne's daughter. The vineyard was planted 14 years ago. They met Aaron Godard and his wife Carly during Aaron's nine-year tenure as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager at nearby Orofino Vineyard. Orofino purchased Scout fruit, and continue to do so, albeit on a lesser scale, today. The four all still have day jobs while they work on this dream project together. 2018 was their first vintage, and they released 3 Rieslings, including this skin contact one, a blend from their home vineyard, and Oliver's Stonehouse vineyard. All native ferment, this was partially destemmed into a neutral barrel, and whole partial cluster in quervi for two weeks before being pressed and placed black into the vessel for ten months on full lees. After blending, this was bottled unfitted and unfiltered. The skin contact is evident from the first sip of nervy, etched apricot and peach fuzz, and bitter orange pith. The palate is sleek and edgy, bone dry, and racy with acidity. This finishes with a medicinal white grapefruit snap, and mouthwatering salinity. Exciting stuff.Tasted: 09 February 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.00 winery direct Producer: Scout VineyardDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: RieslingUPC: 626990399162