Carp Ridge Skin Fermented Chardonnay (Natural Wine)


Vintage: 2021
Variety: Chardonnay
Region: Carp Ridge
Wine Style: Skin Fermented White, Dry, Natural
Alcohol: 11.5%
Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/L
pH: 3.53
Total Acidity: 7.7 g/L
Aging Potential: 5 Years
Case Production: 130

The Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked at Carp Ridge, rigorously sorted for optimal ripeness and quality, then gently destemmed and crushed into two stainless steel tanks for indigenous fermentation and malolactic conversion. One of the tanks fermented for 14 days while the other 19 days. Both lots were pressed off skins on day 19 and settled in stainless steel over seven months.  No fining, stabilizing or filtration of the wine was done, and only minimal sulfites were added (30 ppm).

Tasting Notes

An earthy nose of ginger root, chamomile, dried lemon and freshly turned soil.  The palate shows earthy/mushroom, dried flowers and a pleasant astringency like that of steeped tea leaves, all framed by a perfect balance of alcohol and acidity for a long, dry finish.


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