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Martin's Lane Naramata Ranch Vineyard Riesling
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Martin's Lane Naramata Ranch Vineyard Riesling 2016

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNaramata Ranch is a choice location; the topology and geology are a winemaker's dream. The site spans several elevations where the soils, or perhaps better-described rocks, are a mix of red granite on the surface over granite bedrock with no grass or cover crop. Add in the morning sun and old vines that are own-rooted, and you get why this wine breathes complexity. The style is electric, and the fruit ultra bright. In 2016, it's juicy, inviting and delicious, with a strong floral undercurrent supporting the intense citrus and lemon-lime notes. The ferment and ageing are done in German oak st├╝cks. 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. Winemaker Shane Munn hails from New Zealand and 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 the press, with no sulphur.Tasted: 16 March 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 55.00 winery direct Producer: Martin's Lane WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: RieslingCSPC: 035483