Introducing The Organized Crime’s first commercial release of a skin fermented white, aka ‘orange wine’! Living somewhere in the wild and wonderful world between red and white wine, Sacrilege can be enjoyed in place of either, at the dinner table of on its own.
Sacrilege started with a ‘starter culture’ of Pinot Gris grapes that began fermenting with wild yeast. Shortly afterwards, handpicked and gently destemmed whole berry Gewürztraminer and Riesling were layered on top of the fermenting Pinot Gris. After fermenting for 12 days with only a few gentle hand punchdowns, the grapes were pressed and allowed to finish fermenting in tank and neutral puncheon. Half of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel.
The nose is complex and evolves with time in the glass, revealing a wide spectrum of aromatics. From peach, lychee and citrus, to bergamot tea and tarragon, every sniff uncovers a new surprise. The palate is equally complex with the richness of Gewürztraminer, tempered by the cleansing acidity of Riesling, and a hint of tannin that adds texture.
The Organized Crime is a small boutique winery located on the renowned Beamsville Bench of the Niagara Peninsula. Winegrowers Edward Zaski & Ania de Duleba keep production volumes small, as they are more interested in following their passions than commercializing. They farm the land themselves, and work with their consultant winemaker Greg Yemen through all stages of the wine making process. Their mandate is to produce the finest wines they can from their Estate property, regardless of the challenges. That mandate is paying off. The Organized Crime was awarded #2 Winery in all of Ontario, as well as #4 Small Winery and #6 Winery overall in all of Canada at the 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada, the country’s largest annual competition of Canadian wines.