? 90% native co-fermented Gewurztraminer & Riesling in stainless steel
? 8% Early Muscat, native fermented in neutral barrel
? 2% Melon, Savignin Rose, and Pinot Noir (all de-stemmed and added to the press)
? 7-8 gr/L RS
? No additives except SO2, Crossflow filtered and bottled after 6 months on lees.
Ovum Wines is a quest to discover the terroir of the Pacific Northwest, possibly uncovering an expression of place, using naturally produced white wines as a conduit. Based in Newberg, Oregon, husband and wife team John House and Ksenija Kostic focus solely on white wines, as they feel they are a better conduit for terroir than red wines. Their quest continues to uncover old vines of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat, often in unexpected regions of Southern Oregon. Rather than playing it safe with a formulaic method of winemaking, House and Kostic take great risks to allow each wine to speak distinctively of its terroir and its vintage. The winemaking itself is an homage to the past, making use of neutral barrels and concrete eggs for fermentation and ageing, and allowing spontaneous, wild yeast fermentations, sometimes lingering for months. The resulting wines are mineral driven, with rich, multi-layered textures and flavors.