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Therianthropy Claire de Lune Riesling
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16¾/20

Therianthropy Claire de Lune Riesling 2018

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaTherianthropy is the mythical process of shapeshifting, which is another way to view turning nature into wine. This small collaborative project launched in late 2019. From Twenty Mile Bench's famed dry-farmed Foxcroft Vineyard, and its rich, calcarious clay loams, this dry riesling was whole cluster pressed and native fermented over 2 months, with 10% receiving 8 days on skins to build texture. This underwent full MLF, and spent 8 months in stainless on fine lees with no b√Ętonnage before being bottled without fining or filtration. Dry and grippy, with apricot fuzz, tangerine pith, green apple, with a fine grip, and a mineral buzz that drives this along the palate. Some botrytis this vintage brought a lovely white honeyed sheen, and additional subtle savoury layers to the palate. Another example of Ontario's excellence with riesling. Bonus points for the thoughtful recyclable plant-based composite cork and organic beeswax button that seals the top. Huge bonus points for the darling label artwork, instantly recognizable to any in the wine industry as Michel Tolmer. A project that I'm keeping a close eye on.Tasted: 29 June 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 29.95 consignment Producer: TherianthropyDistributors: The Living Vine
Grape: Riesling