2011 Petit Manseng
This bright yellow wine is a product of the 2011 vintage. We normally can not produce a varietal Petit Manseng, instead using it as a blending variety due to high potential alcohols. In 2011 we were able to get loads of the Petit Manseng tell-tale pineapple notes but combined with some herbal and grassy undertones, all on a relatively moderate alcohol level and still balanced acidity. Intense aromatics of pineapple, oranges and herb leading to a crisp, medium bodied palate with bright fruit and a long clean acidity driven finish.
Williams Gap vineyard has a steep south facing exposure giving an abundance of sunlight. The soils are mostly defined as Penn Silt Loam (hard red clay) which generates more fruit forward, easy drinking wines. It is a somewhat cooler site generally, regardless of the abundant sunlight, because of its relatively good elevation of about 950 feet. There is also a generally good breeze that covers that vineyard leaving fewer worries for moisture sticking with the fruit and canopy and therefore helping to maintain a clean vineyard. The vines in this vineyard are still young (7th Leaf) meaning that they still have yet to really show their true potential and showcase the true terroir so it is bottled as a varietal wine instead of vineyard designate. The Honah Lee Vineyard is a steep South East facing slope sitting at about 1300 feet elevation in the mountains just outside Orange, VA. The soils consist of hard red clay leading to more fruit driven wines. The wines tend to get very exotic characters to them while maintaining a balance of acidity due to their great sunlight exposure, as well as the cooler nights from the elevation. The vines are all trained on cordon pruned vertical shoot positioning to best collect sunlight exposure and minimize pressures. Mountianview Vineyard is our southern most vineyard, just outside Roanoke high up on a Southwest facing slope. The great slope and elevation creates a great combination of hot days giving exotic fruit and cool night preserving acidity.
The grapes were carefully sorted with about 10% being disposed to ensure the best quality fruit made it to the fermenter. The grapes were lightly crushed and then pressed anaerobically to preserve aromatics but get a short skin exposure to add some complexity. The juice was cool (61 degrees) fermented before the vineyards were blended after racking once. The wine was then cold and heat stabilized before being filtered and bottled in March 2012.
Since this wine has great acidity but also has some decent weight it called for a slightly oily but firm fish with some acidity as well. This is great with Swordfish steaks marinated in Lime and Cilantro then grilled, served over a Caprese Salad. It is also quite delicious with fresh Chesapeake Blue Crabs picked and dipped in drawn butter or Shucked Oysters with lime and minced shallots.
|Wine Type:||White Wine|
|Harvest Date:||Sep 25-Oct 3, 2011|
|Fermentation:||Stainless (100%) @ 61 degrees F.|