Evidence - of clarity - 2021 El Dorado Chenin Blanc
Picked young to retain acidity and keep the ALC low, this Chenin Blanc was pressed whole cluster, fermented in stainless steel.
It was aged for 6 months ('sur lie') in neutral french oak puncheons (a 130 gal vessel barrel), as we wanted to highlight fruit characteristics, rather than oak - and was stirred once a week ('bâtonnage') to create texture. We arrested ALC fermentation at 4% Sugar to offset and balance the acid, and did not let malolactic happen for the same reason.
Great summer wine to enjoy poolside now, but will also age nicely, and will continue to develop for years to come because of the choices in the winemaking.
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Our first White wine, from our first harvest out of the El Dorado Foothills at the base of the South / West-facing Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Fruit sourced from Saureel Vineyards
ALC 11.2 %
4% residual sugar
0% ML Fermentation
Picked at low sugar
Whole cluster pressed
100% French Oak Puncheon aged
Only 136 Cases Produced
“On the nose, this Chenin displays Citrus, Pear and Ginger notes. In the mouth, it opens up to a wide variety of soft floral and Peachy notes with a spicy, solid minerality.
Chilled, it is crisp, with a structured acidic backbone and subtle Honey-like balance. As it warms, it really opens up to ripe Pear, Mango, Honeysuckle flowers and green herbs, and finishes with a balanced, lean and light mouthfeel.