Ovum 'Memorista' Riesling 2016
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 28447
Wine Enthusiast 95
"This new take on Ovum's Memorista cuvée—the winery's flagship—is its ripest Riesling. It was fermented in a thousand-liter Austrian cask, with a small percentage of botrytized fruit. It's almost liquorous, with botanical elements that accents its lime, candied citrus and dried papaya flavors. It's potent and packed with flavor yet impeccably balanced."
Only 168 cases produced!
The longest hang-time of any vineyard we worked with in 2016, this fruit also had 8% botrytis. Early in 2016, we had an oval cask commissioned by Pauscha, one of the greatest coppers in Austria, and we saved Memorista for the cask (named Ferdinand). Our work with the egg taught us to expect a swift fermentation (lasting four weeks), meanwhile additional 228L barrels finished fermentation 6 months later. This Riesling has extraordinary texture, that is also strapped down by is salty, mineral core that can only come from our basalt soil. The texture is only heightened by the cask, which is notorious for the complex structure it imbues onto Riesling. We expect this wine to age for a very long time.
Established in 2011 by Ksenija and John House, Ovum was founded in hopes of producing Oregon white wines that are honest reflections of time and place. Our low intervention production method is a commitment to letting the vintage and vineyard shine, not the vintner. Fruit comes first - our top priority is finding farmers that share our beliefs, and then getting out of the way so their hard work can be tasted.
Native ferments, no subtractions or additions, except for SO2 - extended lees contact 8-9 months, for textural complexity. All of this is done in neutral barrels of acacia and oak, as well as cement egg and Austrian cask. Ovum is solely committed to the production of white wines, mainly Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat.
At Ovum, each wine is produced the same way - if the wine smells and tastes different, it has everything to do with terroir, and little to do with the winemaker. Our hope is that through our attention to detail and honest technique, we can produce old fashioned wines in the modern world.
Amanda - Empire Wine Staff
Thankful for Riesling - This delicious, refreshing white wine would go great with a Thanksgiving Day meal. A ripe riesling from the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon has aromas such as apricots, honey and lemon zest. Its crisp and acidic flavor would pair great with rich cheese, spicy dishes, shell fish and even smoked turkey!
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