2019 La Petite Vanguard Riesling
Notes from the makers...
The summer of 2019 was brutal. There were several above 40-degree days that hit our dry grown Churinga Vineyard hard, especially on the back of already drought conditions. The bunches and berries were small, and some exposure to extra light had left potential phenolic quantity higher than previous years. For this reason, extended skin contact was not used for either the La Petite, or Vanguardist Rieslings in V2019. Some skin contact and very oxidative handling occurred pre-press. High solids, natural ferment took place in 22HL foudre and the wine went through full malolactic fermentation in oak. After approximately 9 months elevage in foudre, the wine is now bottled without fining or filtration.