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Ovum 'Old Love' Dry White Blend 2022
$24.00$17.95
The Wine
OLD LOVE is a dry, white blend that dreams of capturing the summer sun in a bottle of wine. Aromas of fresh cut blood orange, salty lemon and aloe vera typify this racy, texturally rich white wine. Guided by mother nature, we combine the Big Salt process, with a proprietary aging process to elevate the terroir that each of our five vineyards bring us (citrus, salinity, bright acidity, florality, ripe apricot).

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Shelf Location — 63a
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:12.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#57511
Location at store:63a
Item Description
The Wine
OLD LOVE is a dry, white blend that dreams of capturing the summer sun in a bottle of wine. Aromas of fresh cut blood orange, salty lemon and aloe vera typify this racy, texturally rich white wine. Guided by mother nature, we combine the Big Salt process, with a proprietary aging process to elevate the terroir that each of our five vineyards bring us (citrus, salinity, bright acidity, florality, ripe apricot).

OLD LOVE is more versatile than any white wine weve produced thus far - it will pair with nearly any white wine appropriate dish, but is best enjoyed on the porch with nothing else to do.

OLD LOVE is a wine inspired by early 1800's winemaking in Austria. Austrian monks in the early 1800s harvested vineyards with varying qualities of ripeness, acidity, fruitiness, and minerality, fermented them together. Then they used methods during elevage to express the full potential within the wine. John and Ksenija House use this methodology, combined it with their own philosophy to create their OLD LOVE.

2022 OLD LOVE comes from FIVE vineyards planted throughout Oregon: Willamette, Eola-Amity, Columbia Gorge, Southern OR. The sites are focused on sustainable farming practices - dry farming, organic and minimal additions. Some are not certified organic but are in the process of converting. Each site is chosen for its unique qualities that it will lend to the final wine.

2022 is primarily Riesling, but OLD LOVE is not about a single grape - it is about the vineyards coming together to make a singular wine of Oregon.

How is OLD LOVE produced?

After a soak on skins (different for each site), the fruit is pressed hard into tank where native fermentation begins. Then, apx 35% of the juice in tank is racked into: amphora, Austrian cask, cement egg and neutral barrel.

After 28 days or so (a lunar cycle), the wine in the vessels is added back to the wine in stainless steel. Once it is fully blended, 35% of the wine BACK into amphora, cask, egg and barrel. This process is repeated three times.

What each vessel contributes to OLD LOVE:
Amphora brings structure and natural earthiness.
Acacia cask heighten earthiness and rich textures (new addition)
Austrian cask adds textural complexity and rounds high-tone aromatics.
Cement egg pulls out minerality at the loss of fruit aromas.
Neutral barrel helps express secondary and tertiary flavors.
2020 OLD LOVE is the result of how elevage is used to elevate the natural qualities of the wine.
So what does OLD LOVE taste like (according to John House)?

Its golden hue is the first thing youll notice (thanks amphora), and aromas of sea spray coated limes, roasted apricot pit, petrichor and flint pop out of the glass. One of the goals of this unusual elevage is to cultivate defined layers within the wine. lemon verbena, straw, Spring meadow. The palate shows the sensual texture of cask fighting with the rawness of amphora, and yet it finishes with bright minerality. Agave and lime linger on the finish, echoing the initial top notes of wine.
About Ovum
Founded by husband-and-wife duo John House and Ksenija Kostic in 2011, Ovum is a celebration of the diverse expressions of Oregon Riesling. After years of learning the intricacies of the Willamette Valley while working together at Chehalem, John and Ksenija set off to further investigate the myriad terroirs of Oregon through the lens of Riesling, and now source fruit from through the state. They have found sites with blustery Pacific winds, extreme diurnal shifts, and rocky, well-draining soils.

To emphasize the idiosyncrasies of these vineyards, all of Ovum's wines see the same practices in the cellar: natural fermentations, no additions or subtractions except for SO2, extended lees contact of 8-9 months – all in neutral barrels of acacia and oak, as well as Nomblot concrete eggs. The resulting wines are textured and concentrated, driven by minerality, and framed by unwavering acidity. Ovum's work is among the most compelling white winemaking we have encountered in our search throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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