Like many of our wines, the Skin Fermented Chardonnay started as an experiment. When 809 clone grapes weren’t cooperating with the others in the winemaking process, we isolated them and tried something slightly different. Fermented on the skins for three months in concrete, this traditional (and resurgent) winemaking process adds the necessary color, texture and structure to create a delicate balance against the clone’s pronounced floral, tropical fruity notes. The result is an expressive golden-hued wine, in a shorter 500 ml bottle, that has earned its place as a staple, annual Scribe release.
2015 meteorological data: A dry, warm winter led to early budbreak; and, heat spikes at the end of summer prompted an early harvest. Despite lower than average yields, fruit was high in flavor and color.
soil type: Huichica loam, volcanic tuff
Harvested on August 8-22 | 21 °Bx | pH 3.55 | TA 6.6 g/L
Bottled on March 4, 2016 | % alc.