Aromas of grapefruit and boxwood are abundant on the nose. The aromatics are mirrored on the palate along with passionfruit & lime zest. The mouth watering acidity carries through the mid palate, giving the wine a crisp and fresh finish.
The fruit for this wine came from our estate Culloden and Spice Cabinet Vineyards in the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills.
The 2021 vintage was warmer than average. We experienced extremely high temperatures in June and July. The crop was lighter than expected with smaller clusters and lower numbers of berries. Mid to late October brought a lot of rain which can lead to diluted sugars. Fortunately for us, we were able to bring in all the fruit before the rain. Our 2021 vintage is highly concentrated with light yields.
The Sauvignon Blanc was machine harvested separately in the early morning hours to allow the fruit to arrive at the winery cool. Once at the winery, the juice was gently pressed away from the grape skins. The freshly pressed juice was allowed to cold settle for 48 hours and then clean racked off the solids. Fermentation was initiated with specific yeasts known to enhance expression in Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was allowed to ferment at a cool temperature to lock in freshness and brightness. This wine was fermented in 100% stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, resulting in a clean, crisp and refreshing wine.