Lane Tanner (our winemaker) has always used lower levels of sulfur.
The idea of using fresh ginger root in winemaking is to act as an antioxidant thereby protecting the wine naturally.
Since ginger is an antioxidant, Lane found the need for sulfur is minimized.
NOT EVERYONE GETS IT
This is not a fruit wine.
This is a white wine, made with Chardonnay grapes from Santa Barbara County. Ginger is part of the process.
A fresh note of ginger on the nose.
This single-vineyard Chardonnay is lean with peach, sweet lemon balm and mineral notes up front, followed by a finish of creamy custard. There is subtle spice throughout, expressing the ancient benefits of ginger root.
Sturdy enough to stand up to a Thai dinner,
but interesting enough to ponder on it's own.
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Our Chardonnay goes through full malolactic fermentation. Since we do not use sulfur and we do not sterile filter, we want the wine to be as stable as possible. The fresh ginger helps tremendously, but also putting the wine through malolactic adds another layer of stability. We loosely filter the wine to remove any escaped ginger root and do a gentle fining with volcanic ash to improve clarity. Hey Ginger is a vegan wine.
After pressing the Chardonnay grapes, the must is placed in stainless steel tanks and fresh ginger root is added to the must. The ginger root is placed in a large cloth sack which is then placed in the fermentation vessel. The ginger root is present in the must as it ferments and then stays in the fermented wine during elevage. It is removed just prior to racking and bottling.
NO SULFUR ADDED
There is no sulfur added to the wine at any point during fermentation, elevage and bottling. From a winemaking perspective it is completely SAN SOUFRE!
Grapes, ginger, yeast.
100% Chardonnay from Rancho Real Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley AVA.
Harvest date: September 2, 2020
pH 3.44 TA .54 ABV 12.9% Aged 8 months in neutral oak.
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