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Rigour and Whimsy Last Ride In R.D. 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRigour & Whimsy are a tiny garagiste, a family-owned winery based in Okanagan Falls, sourcing vineyards across the Okanagan for their creative and adventuresome (and artfully labelled) portfolio, one that changes annually. This traditional method fizz comes from an upper Peachland vineyard that ripened very late in October 2020 with snow dusting the vineyard and bins. Once snow removal was complete, this was whole cluster pressed into barrel and stayed there with no racking or b√Ętonnage until moving into a stainless tank in early February for a yeast dose before heading to bottle. When I last tasted this, it was 6 months on lees. This recently released, RD (recently disgorged) edition shows how the wine looks after 25 months on lees in bottle. Pouring a deep lemon hue, this brisk, high acid bubble has much more completion than the last time I tried it, with a gentle padding of lees softening the sharpness of pomelo, tangerine, and underripe green apple. There's an earthy ale note that runs throughout, and lingers on the snappy finish. A very worthy experiment in lees aging on tradmet fizz.Tasted: 26 June 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$38.00750mlwinery direct
Producer: Rigour & WhimsyDistributors: Juice Imports
The Living Vine
Grape: Chardonnay