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Vivanterre, Orange Contact SGU (2019)

Vivanterre, Orange Contact SGU (2019)

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The Orange Contact SGU offers flavors of white peach, lychee and tropical fruits. Beyond the fruits, there are notes of white flowers, black tea and ginger.

This wine is a very special blend of Sylvaner, Gewurztraminer, and Ugni Blanc grapes. The Gewurztraminer and Ugni Blanc saw maceration on their skins. All grapes are from farms that use organic practices, and which were specifically selected for the quality of the farmers’ work, terroir, and fruit. Legal organic certification for these farms are expected in 2021. All were vinified separately and blended just before bottling. A true Vin de France.

The Sylvaner grapes come from Alsace, from a vineyard located in the village of Rosheim, that is rich in limestone, with 60-year-old vines. Harvested on October 4th, 2019, the grapes were directly pressed, and aged in a combination of amphorae and “foudre” oak barrels.

The Gewurztraminer grapes also come from Alsace, but this time from the village of Heiligenstein. Picked from 35-year-old vines, planted on clay and blue slate, the grapes were harvested on October 4th, 2019. Whole clusters were placed directly into stainless steel vats for three weeks, foot trodden, then racked into amphorae.

The Ugni Blanc comes from the Languedoc, near the village of Pinet, Southwest of Montpellier close to the ocean, and grown on 25-year-old vines that were planted on limestone and farmed organically.  Harvested on September 2nd, 2019, whole clusters were macerated for one week, then aged in fiberglass tanks.

There was no fining, filtering, or SO2 added during any phase of winemaking. Wines were aged until March 2020, when blending took place, just before bottling. The harvesting, wine making, and elevage was done by Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau.

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