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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Blue Grouse Estate Ortegatext
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16½/20

Blue Grouse Estate Ortega 2020

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaOrtega is a cross of Siegerrebe and Muller-Thürgau, and historically, it has been one of the most planted grapes on Vancouver Island. The established vines are own-rooted and pushing 30 years old, with some additional plantings now seven years old making up this estate white, farmed organically on silt loam, gravel and sands. It is partially dry farmed and fermented at three stages of ripeness to layer in some complexity. The ferment is all stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation to keep it crisp. The attack is fresh with crisp lemon pith, mandarin, white peach, light licorice and yellow fruits. Elegantly styled and finished with a mineral marine salty touch. Pure class and food-friendly, all at 12 degrees alcohol. I wish they all were made like this.Tasted: 27 June 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 19.00 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Blue Grouse Estate WineryDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
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Grape: OrtegaCSPC: 969600UPC: 626990423591