||2007 Chenin Blanc
The summer of 2007 was memorable. Spectacular conditions in June - warm, dry and breezy - allowed for a near perfect fruit set and subsequent large yields. It was a long, hot summer with a remarkable stretch of blue skies and plenty of sunshine in late August and throughout September. During this key period, the Chenin Blanc grapes achieved maximum ripeness. This wine is made up of a blend of our two lots of Chenin Blanc. One was hand-picked and whole cluster pressed, the other machine harvested. The fruit was delivered directly to the press (by-passing the crusher) and the juice was immediately chilled and allowed to settle. The two lots were fermented separately. Fermentation temperature was kept below 60º F. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks to preserve the Chenin Blanc varietal character.
A fresh, racy, dry and clean Chenin that is redolent of grapefruit and pineapple, with more subtle notes of melon, apple and guava. It makes an excellent companion to various white meat fish dishes, and especially shellfish.
Appelation: North Fork of Long Island
Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
Total acidity: 6.7 g/l
Harvest Date: September 26 and October 3, 2007
Brix at Harvest: 21.7
Residual Sugar: 0.4%
Bottling Date: January 22, 2008
Release Date: March 17, 2008
Production: 629 cases