On the nose, aromas of honeydew melon and orange blossom.
flavors of fresh honeycomb, stone fruit and hint of citrus. The finish has a delicate roundness from the sur-lie aging yet maintains a freshness that makes it a fantastic food wine.
The 2021 growing season was very typical through early spring, except for below-average rainfall. Early summer through harvest gave us some unexpected heatwaves but plenty of mild weather in-between resulted in a slight delay of harvest while we waited for acidity, pH and brix to balance.
After harvesting, grapes for the Austin Hope Chenin Blanc were whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel tanks for settling. The juice was then racked off its heavy lees into barrels and tanks for fermentation.
65% of the juice was barrel fermented in a mix of new and neutral barrels, while the other 25% was fermented in stainless steel. The barrel fermented portion saw 3-5 months of sur-lie aging and during that time, the barrels were stirred monthly to add to the creamy nature of the wine. After the final blend was assembled, the wine was gently crossflow filtered before bottling.
Quickly becoming a favorite, our Chenin Blanc displays a light golden color.
Grilled Pineapple with Arugula Salsa