100% Sauvignon Blanc
Located on the west slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, around 1,100 feet above sea level. The first grapevine planting here at Glen Manor in 1995, this planting consists of 1.2 acres of 19-year-old vines and 0.5 acres of 13-year-old vines, growing in deep and well-drained soils, (Myersville/Catocin). The vines are cane pruned and trained to the Open Lyre system.
Following an extremely cold winter, spring was wet and cool and the first half of summer was wet and hot. In August, the rains stopped and we enjoyed a relatively dry and warm harvest with no tropical storms moving through our area. We hand harvested Sauvignon Blanc on August 30 and September 17.
With both harvests, the west facing canopy (August 30) and the east facing canopy (September 17), the grape clusters were chilled for 24 hours in our walk-in cooler to help retain fresh acidity and delicate aromatics. To extract the juice, whole clusters were gently pressed with the first light press fraction or free run juice being separated from the later moderate press fraction or press juice. This press juice was later sold on the bulk market. The free run juice was cold settled for 48 hours and then racked and inoculated with two different yeast strains for fermentation in two separate stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasted about 30 days at around 55ºF. After completion of fermentation, the two lots were blended and aged on light yeast lees without going through malolactic fermentation. This wine was bottled in February 2015, producing 430 cases.
Drink now through 2021.