Typically Northern Spy is a floral-driven apple. It's often described (in apple nerd circles) as rose-like. This vintage was very different.
If I may brag a little bit, I think we really nailed the perfect balance of controlled oxidation here.
We don't ferment in stainless steel, so our microflora has ample access to oxygen when it's fermenting. If done right (and it's something we're continually trying to perfect) this can lead to a richness that is so so beautiful.
Spy this year has a salty/sweet Werther's Original thing going on, with soft acids and light chalky tannin (apple tannins! my fave). Even lighter notes of lemon oil and sweet herbs round it out (think thyme and marjoram).
Great orange wines straddle the fence of oxygen in the same way; this flavour profile is what we're often looking for when we reach for a skin contact white.
Bottled without sulphites.
$500 from this release was donated to the RAVEN Trust. One of the key barriers to justice is the high cost of the Canadian legal system. RAVEN raises money to help First Nations tackle the big issues of treaty rights and protecting traditional land and ways of life from the relentless reach of expansion. Learn more here.