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Rigour & Whimsy The Beast 2020

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRigour & Whimsy are a tiny garagiste, 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. Nicknamed The Beast in the cellar due to its distinctive and potent character, this blend of 75% riesling and 25% gew├╝rztraminer came from God's Mountain vineyard in Okanagan Falls. All was picked on the same day, destemmed and fermented in a 300L stainless tank where it macerated on skins for 4 months. It was then basket pressed into older French puncheons where it rested 26 months. After a wee squirt of SO2, this was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Pouring a deeper golden, lightly hazy hue, this orange certainly packs a punch beyond its 12.4%, with stencilled tangerine, perfumed white peach, apricot fuzz, crunchy Asian pear, anise, and a slick of white honey along a dry, textured frame, finishing with a twist of lime peel. These bigger flavours can handle bigger salty / umami flavours, so don't be shy in pairing.Tasted: 22 December 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$40.00750mlwinery direct
Producer: Rigour & WhimsyDistributors: Juice Imports
The Living Vine
Blend: Riesling - Gew├╝rztraminer