|2011 was one of the most challenging vintages we have yet faced. But it was a challenge that was met with dedication and perseverance in both the vineyard and the cellar. The growing season was marked by a series of rains that generated monthly totals in June, August and September that were well above normal. Especially challenging was the end of August which saw Tropical Storm Irene bring heavy winds, followed soon after by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee which brought heavy rain. All of this reduced sugar levels and exacerbated rot and required a great deal of extra effort in the vineyard including making in some cases severe selections and dropping unwanted fruit on the ground. This discipline paid off as the resulting wine is clean, fresh and honest to its varietal character.
Even after the fruit-thinning, the vineyard yielded about 2.5 tons per acre. The 2011 vintage is made from fruit sourced from our original Chenin vineyard planted in 1982, another block planted in 2000 and from our newer Sound Avenue plantation of Chenin, planted in 2005.
Average fermentation temperature was kept cool, around 60º F. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks to preserve varietal character. It was sealed with a screw cap to preserve freshness and cleanliness.