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Blue Grouse Estate Winery Ortega, Cowichan Valley BC
90 Points

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Region: British Columbia Vancouver Island DVA
Vintage: 2019
Winery: $24.0

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WineScores' Review

Unique, pristine, refreshing.
Vancouver Island's signature grape Ortega, a cross between Siegerrebe and Muller-Thurgau (itself a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale) is beautifully represented in Blue Grouse's organic estate version. The majority of its grapes come from vines at least 25 years old that are grown in Fairbridge soils, which vary from fractured silt-loam to gravel and sand.
This wine was fermented in three parts; one of which was stopped early, leaving about 8 grams/L of residual sugar. The other two parts were fermented long and slow to dryness in stainless steel tanks. All three wines were blended together to enhance the aromatics and mouthfeel. The wine was left on the lees for a further two months before bottling.
Delicate aromas of tangerine and honey, apricots and orchard blossoms are woven onto a refreshing palate with a kiss of sweetness. It is pristine and pretty and has a zesty kick on a mouthwatering finish.

Recommended Pairings
Spicy Food, Seafood/Fish, White Meat Chicken/Pork, Cheese - Soft/Creamy, Creamy Dishes, Appetizers

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Wine Scores reviewed - 2020-02-11 15:16:22.0


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