Pearl Morissette - 2019 Oxyde
A sunbeam of a wine - invigorating, yet fluid and sensual. It's zesty and focused. Translucent fruit and salinity interweave throughout the body of this (completely dry) Riesling asking further questions about the true nature of this grape in Niagara. A diaphanous creature that glimmers with gentleness and carefree attitude, while nonetheless surprising you with its staying power and the length of pure fruit on the finish.
Vinification & Élevage:
2019 Oxyde is 100% Riesling from Redfoot Vineyard in Lincoln Lakeshore. It was harvested on October 15th 2019 and entered the press as 100% whole bunches. Fermentation by indigenous yeast proceeded slowly and steadily in a combination old foudres (75%) and concrete (25%) without any temperature control or sulphur additions. The wine was aged in its fermentation vessels on primary lees without any racking for a total of 16 months, when it was moved to stainless steel tanks for 2 months of cold-settling.