2017 Pink Freud
The grapes used to produce this massively popular wine were harvested from separate vineyards in the fall of 2017. The Pinot Noir & Merlot were treated like white wine grapes and were sent directly to the press for whole cluster pressing. The must was transferred to a stainless steel tank for primary fermentation. The lack of skin contact between the juice and the skins helps extract the lovely pale pink color you see in the final product. Using this traditional method the wine has a cleaner mouth feel and also tends to retain fresher fruit flavours.
The same yeast was utilized in the different pressing tanks of juice to allow the grapes natural fruity characteristics to come through and shine. The fermentation temperatures ranged between 16-18 degrees, when fermented at lower temperatures more fruity and complex flavors will develop following thru to the final wine.
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 blended in stainless steel vessels to age and mature, the final blending process started in December 2017, which allowed the different wines time to harmonize and settle before bottling on April 16th & 17th 2018.