This "Orange Wine" spent seven weeks macerating on skins buried deep in the clay soils of the NC Teaching Vineyard. The fruit was sourced from Il Vigneto Vineyard at base of the Bench in Grimsby near Winona. The vineyard is close to the lake and allows the Gewürztraminer to ripen fully while also holding onto its natural acids.
The grapes were harvested very ripe, in late October the destemmed and hand-bucketed into fermenters, where it was slowly transformed by wild yeast into a wine with intense, unique aromas and significant tannin structure. Several weeks later the best free-run wine was collected from the traditional basket press, racked, then hand bottled with no additions or filtration.
The result is a fully natural expression of the interaction between grapes and microbes, which is emblematic of the thousands of years that humans have been striving to harness the fermentation process.
Sweetness Level: Dry
Grape Varieties: Gewürztraminer
Bottle | 750 ml | 14.0% alc./vol.