2021 Madam Preston
A blend of the four white Rhone grapes we grow on the Estate, fermented separately and blended one month before bottling. The wine typically leads with the floral aromatics and stone-fruit flavors of Viognier, complemented by mineral and honey notes from a healthy dose of Marsanne, and supported by Roussannes rich structure and Grenache Blancs heartiness. In 2021 Grenache Blanc was fermented in a stainless steel tank; the remaining 93% of the wine fermented in french oak barrels (les than 10% new) with full malolactic fermentation.
2021 produced beautifully balanced wines, with slower ripening than surrounding years and excellent retention of acidity. This years Madam offers a generous nose of candied orange peel, honeysuckle, melon rind, and dulce de leche. On the palate it is rich and round but not too weighty, with flavors of nectarine, clementine and a saline, umami-like note likely contributed by Marsanne. Zesty, balanced and alive on the finish, showcasing the persistent, seamless acidity of the vintage. -GH
Grapes are certified organic (CCOF).
Fermentation is initiated spontaneously without the addition of
commercial yeast or malolactic bacteria.
56% Viognier, 20% Roussanne, 17% Marsanne, 7% Grenache Blanc
TA 5.4 g/L
Cases Produced: 704
Aging Potential: 3-5 years from vintage
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