2016 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Shell Creek Vineyard, Paso Robles
VARIETAL: 100% Chenin Blanc
VINEYARD: Shell Creek Vineyard
LOCATION: Paso Robles (East Side)
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 396 cases
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: We used the Petillant Naturale method for making our sparkling Chenin Blanc. We pressed whole clusters into stainless steel and fermented the wine until it reached 15 grams of sugar. Then we chilled the wine down to stop fermentation and bottled the juice. As it warmed up, fermentation began again in bottle. Wine spent 4 months in bottle and was disgorged by hand with no dosage.
VITICULTURAL AREA: Shell Creek Vineyard has sandy top soil and calcareous fossilized sea shells underneath. It was planted in 1972, and owned by the same family (Sinton Family), since the late 1800’s. Non-certified organic, no use of chemicals in the vineyard.
All of our wines are made naturally, meaning no use of inoculated yeasts or bacteria. We use only native yeast to spark fermentation. We do not add any powdered tannins or enzymes. A minimal dose of S02 is added 4 weeks before bottling to some wines.
There must be a person 21 or older present at the time of delivery.