Orange Skin Contact Muscat 2021
This wine explodes with aromas of apricots, orange oils and orange blossoms. Tannins create a nice framework for structure and richness that stands up to a variety of foods. Definitely Similkameen. Try it with salty foods or a pork tenderloin with citrus glaze.
Grapes for this wine come from both the Hendsbee Vineyard, the Mutch Vineyard and the Orofino Home Vineyard. The Hendsbee’s Muscat Blanc vines planted in 2008 along with our Home Vineyard Muscat planted 30 years ago are used. The vineyard soils are quite rich and rockless for 2-4 feet depending on where one digs. But once you hit the rock, it is all gravel and river rock for 100 feet. It would be classified as sandy-loam with considerable organic matter and calcium carbonate.
Grapes were combined and fermented on the skins for 21 days when they were gently pressed using our old Willmes bladder press. The wine was aged on light lees in old barrels for another 6 months before bottling. No fining and no filtration was used. Minimal sulphite additions used before bottling. Vegan friendly.