2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard

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 14-year-old vines, growing in deep and well-drained soils, (Myersville/Catocin). The vines are cane pruned and trained to the Open Lyre system.

Vintage

The weather of 2015 in Virginia was quite normal or predictably quite unpredictable. A cold winter, hitting zero a few nights, followed by a cool dry spring with normal bud break around April 15. Early summer had increased frequency of rains but by the end of July the rains stopped and late summer into early autumn once again became very dry with beautiful fall ripening and harvest weather.

Winemaking

With both harvests, the west facing canopy (August 28) and the east facing canopy (September 2), 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 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 2016, producing 440 cases.

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Price

$26 (750 mL)
$14 (375 mL)