The 2021 growing season and harvest was not without challenges but since this variety ripens relatively early, we were able to harvest beautifully ripe grapes with minor sorting in the vineyard to remove small amounts of substandard berries. In the end we made 2 different Sauvignon Blanc small batch wines from this same batch of Estate grown Sauvignon Blanc.
Although blending and creation of happy symbiotic wines from blending of several varieties and often complimentary but different winemaking, in this case we split the juice after a light pressing and used different techniques of winemaking with each and maintained separate batches because we liked each so much. We refer to these two versions as our “Earth” and our “Forest” series. The Earth series are fermented and aged in the traditional earthen/ceramic vessels that we brought from China. The Forest series is fermented and matured in a large format 500 L French oak puncheon. Each method brings different desired characteristics to the wine.