Leaning Post - Clockwork Skin Fermented White
Hinterbrook Vineyard (100%) – Niagara Lakeshore
Brix at Harvest: 20.8
Acidity: 7.9 g/L
Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Total SO2: 40 ppm
“Orange” wine (skin-fermented white) is an ancient technique for making wine and we continue to explore its potential. Harvested on October 10, 2019, the grapes were destemmed, spontaneously fermented and aged on skins for 72 days in clay amphora (42%) and stainless steel (58%). It was pressed on December 12, 2019 and allowed to settle in stainless-steel tank. It was racked back into amphora and stainless steel for a further 60 days of aging. It was then racked and combined, and had a single sulphur addition prior to bottling but was not fined or filtered.
This wine represents the evolving nature of wine in Niagara. Orange marmalade, jalapeno pepper jelly, and passionfruit dominate the nose and palate, while elderflower honey, cream and lemon dominate the palate. It is all tied together with bracing acidity, gorgeous texture and a seam of fine tannin. Chill and drink as it warms to reveal new facets of its unique personality.