2017 Freudian Sip
The fruit for this immensely popular blend were harvested from separate blocks in the fall of 2017. Each variety of grape were hand sorted separately to remove unwanted clusters and debris. From there they were sent to the bladder press from our elevator and were whole cluster processed using a slow, low-pressure squeeze. Each variety of must was then transferred to stainless steel tanks to ferment separately.
A combination of 2 different yeast strains were used on the different tanks of grape juice to enhance the natural fruitiness of the individual grape varieties. Fermentation temperature ranged from 12-18 degrees allowing the wine to slowly ferment and bring forward a full range of fruity aromas and flavors.
After alcoholic fermentation was complete the wines were chilled to -2 for cold stabilization, and treated with a bentonite fining to provide heat stability. The wine was then left in stainless steel vessels to age and mature, the final blending process started in December, which allowed the different wines time to harmonize and settle before bottling on April 15th and 16th 2018.