2015 Merryvale Sauvignon Blanc
Harvested in mid-August from a very rocky block at Juliana Vineyard, this wine was slowly pressed and fermented in 20% new French oak barrels with just over 30% native fermentations. Stirred everyday during fermentation, then once a month after that, the wine was aged on the lees for 8 months. We used 50% steamed and 50% fire bent barrels to balance the oak integration. We also used some 75-gallon cigar barrels that provided better lees contact and a much softer integration of the oak to the wine. The result is body and texture rounding out the palate and added complexity to the fl avors and aromatics. Additional depth and mid-palate weight comes from 5% Semillon blended with the Sauvignon Blanc.
Beautiful pale yellow in color, the nose is defi ned mostly by citrus (grapefruit and lemon), fl oral (lychee and lillies) and tropical fruit (pineapple, passionfruit) notes. The wine has a very round mouthfeel, with fl avors expressing more notes of tropical fruit. Its weight is driven by acidity, with a lovely balance of sweetness and minerality. The wine is medium-bodied with a long fi nish highlighted by mineral notes. This wine will continue to develop for two years from vintage.