2017 Petit Manseng
Wine Description: This is a wine of texture and intensity. It performs well into the winter months with the richness and density bringing more warmth and body to the palate than the average white wine. The aromas and flavors complement this personality with buoyant tropical notes anchored by a stony, saline core, all brought into precise focus in the finish.
Winemaker Note: This is our third installment of a dry Petit Manseng as we work to understand the best approach with this grape variety and its place in Virginia where warm summers can lower acids. Petit Manseng’s acidity seems crazy high, and it is pretty darn high. But we’ve decided not to curb it, instead ensuring that the wine has a foil for the acidic structure that is inevitable, especially as we pick earlier to bring the alcohol in balance and explore a more diverse range of flavor. In this case, the foil becomes texture brought on from long lees aging and extract from a short period of skin contact as well as a small amount of co-fermentation. We are embracing what this grape wants to be and making a wine that has energy and strength rippling through it. Somehow it has power and concentration while also being laser focused. We have a wine that does not seek to imitate a more famous one, it is distinctly the result of this grape grown in this place. This bottling was fermented warm in a combination of concrete, large Acacia, and oak puncheon and foudre.
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