Full of summertime nostalgia, this wine is a one-way ticket to memories of cut-off shorts, flip-flops and jumping through a sprinkler. Bright, clean and fruit-forward, this wine is made in a "nouveau" style and delivers loads of fruit punch and brown spice aromas. In the mouth, the wine is reminiscent of biting into a fresh slice of watermelon and has some candied/Jolly Rancher notes as well. Light bodied and easy drinking, the wine is dry but very soft and mellow.
Nestled along the western bank of the Hudson River, Whitecliff Vineyard is rapidly warmed by morning sunshine and has very consistently moderated temperatures thanks to ocean breezes coming up along the river from the south, bringing warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer.
Wine Making Info
For this wine, we put the grapes into a 1 ton wooden bin, as 100% whole cluster bunches, then blanked the bin with CO2 every day. Using only the native yeast on the grapes, we allowed a 16 day, cool maceration before pressing the grapes and finishing a very long, cool ferment (~65F) in stainless steel. To maintain a bright, fruit-forward profile, we aged the wine in once-used French oak barrels for three months.
Recommended Food Pairing
Pair this wine with any of your favorite brunch dishes or a fresh, summery salad with shaved almonds and strawberries or mandarin orange slices and a champagne vinaigrette.
"Like biting into a fresh slice of watermelon."
Michael, Head Winemaker
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