'2019 VAGABOND WINERY Ortega 75cl (Oxfordshire, UK)
Style - Rich
Grapes - 100% Ortega
Tasting - You're going to have a hard time believing this is from the UK. It tastes like a Rhone Valley white made from Viognier. Superb peach tea and honey drizzled apricot flavours with a marshmallow texture that purrs like a contended kitty.
FYI: Our second attempt with Ortega and we let it hang for a longer period of time on the vine to accumulate more ripeness before picking. Acidity does drop quickly with this grape as it ripens but we're just inside the safe zone here. Unintended long lees (the yeasty leftovers post-fermentation) contact was forced upon it by the 2020 March-April lockdown (and the fact Gavin was stuck in Western Australia) but it's had a serendipitous effect on the wine. Expect us to repeat our mistakes!