19 months neutral French oak
June 21, 2018
Skin Fermented Gewürz/Chard 2016
This golden, slightly cloudy, unfiltered Gewürztraminer/Chardonnay blend possesses the structure, body and tannins of a red wine with the acidity of a white. The richly textured mouth feel with savory and earthy overtones reach your palate leaving a zing of orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, and dried flowers creating a complex flavor profile with a long lingering finish.
After a mild winter with little snowfall and an uneventful spring, the word of the year in the Finger Lakes was drought. Classified as being under ‘extreme drought’ according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, June and July recorded 1 inch of rain or less in both months. Although the hot, dry summer put some stress on vineyards, we enjoyed excellent yields and relatively low disease pressure resulting in a very clean crop. These conditions also accelerated the ripening process. Overall, it was a ripe year with clean fruit, high sugars and low acids. We are expecting excellent reds with good concentration and ripe tannins. Our vineyards had excellent yields with normal berry size.
52% Gewürztraminer, 48% Chardonnay
Called “vino ambro” the amber wine by Italians, orange wines are created using ancient natural winemaking techniques whereby white wines are produced more like reds. Our Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay grapes were crushed and macerated (7 days) on the skins in open-top one ton bins. Fermented using QA23 & D21 yeast and punched down three times a day, fermentation reached 78°F. The wine was then pressed off after 15 days on the skins (Gewürz) and 18 (Chard) and barreled where malolactic fermentation was completed. After nineteen months of aging, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Food Pairing Notes
Chef McKeough suggested pairings are: local mushroom pâté with pickled ramps, Salmon crudo with avocado, mango, cucumber + chives, Seeded nut crisps with blue cheese + ginger-apricot jam.
Release Date: April 15, 2019