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2022 Runs in the Family

Ursa Major

2022 Runs in the Family

Label: Ursa Major
Winemaker: Rajen Toor

Vintage: 2022

Fruit: Gamay

Region: Black Sage Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


buried leaves / taking the road less traveled / stop drop and roll


Grown on the deep warm sands of the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, BC. The vineyard is in its 5th season of organic transition. Soil health through cover crops, beneficial weeds, and composting. Planted in 1994. The rows are oriented east/west. Due to the cool and wet start to the growing season, veraison did not start till late August. September was also cooler than usual, the fruiting zone leaves were stripped to encourage ripening. October was much warmer than usual and ripening became more even, but even when picking Gamay in October the acid remained. The grapes were left 100% whole cluster to encourage a stemmier and crunchier profile. I started a pied de cuve yeast, a week prior to harvesting, which was added to the whole clusters for a wild fermentation. The grapes were foot tread twice a day for 7 days then pressed off into neutral barrels for a short elevage. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with 30 ppm of added sulphur post malolactic.

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