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Rathjen Cellars Pinot Gristext
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16¾/20

Rathjen Cellars Pinot Gris 2019

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaOne of Rathjen’s Flagship series, this is sealed under cork and white wax. From the sloping clay silty loams of Cowichan’s Saison Vineyard, this dry-farmed, clone 53 pinot gris was whole-cluster pressed and native fermented in neutral oak, where it spent 10 months on lees without bâtonnage, and with full MLF, before light filtration and bottling. Understated and alluringly so, with a savoury wild herb undercurrent carrying bosc pear, green apple, subtle meadow flower along a lees-bedded, creamy, textural palate. As with 2018, this remarkable salinity runs through this marine-fresh wine, lingering on the moreish finish. Distinctively Wine Islands.Tasted: 07 June 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.00 winery direct Producer: Rathjen CellarsDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio