Irrévérence, 2018, Niagara
Grape(s): Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer
Fermentation: Skin Ferment
Appellation: Niagara Peninsula VQA
Region, Country: Niagara, Canada
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Francois Morissette
The second vintage of our Irrévérence is just as mercurial as the previous one, but still more textured. A blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, that was also graced by 30% noble rot in the Gewurtz portion, this is a completely dry wine that has stolen our hearts and twisted our minds in our exploration of skin- fermentation. A wine with a rich and indulging perfume that shines with golden nuance and honeyed notes. The palate flows in unexpected ways - satiating and unrelenting; lively, yet smooth and rich. Exceptionally dynamic with a wide variety of foods, this is a wine possessing of flavor harmonies we have not encountered before, but are more than thrilled to have on our hands.
Drink now or cellar for 8-10 years. As for most of our wines, decanting is highly-
Vinification & Élevage:
2018 Irrévérence is a blend of Riesling from Butler’s Grant vineyard in 20 Mile Bench (35.4%), Chardonnay from Redfoot Vineyard in Lincoln Lakeshore (25.1%) and Gewürztraminer from Knizat vineyard in NOTL (39.5%). The fruit was respectively picked on October 7th, September 27th and October 8th and 29th of (two separate picks for the Gewurtz). The Chardonnay was fermented and aged in foudres, the Riesling in foudre and stainless steel. A portion of the Gewürztraminer was co-fermented with Riesling on skins in qvevri for a total of 6 months, while the rest (carrying 30% noble rot) fermented to complete dryness in a foudre. The wines aged separately in their fermentation vessels on primary lees for 12 months, before being blended for an additional 12 months of aging in a combination of concrete and foudres.
2018 Irrévérence was bottled un-fined and unfiltered on September 9th, 2020.