Dogwood & Thistle Shenandoah White Blend, 2022 Shenandoah

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Vineyard Notes

The grapes are sourced from Ox-Eye Vineyards, a 100-acre farm near Swoope in Augusta County, Virginia, at the feet of the Blue Ridge Mountains. John Kiers has owned the property for 25 years, which he bought with the intention of growing grapes and making his own wine. He was the first person to plant vinifera grapes in Augusta, currently has 24 acres under vine, and also grows Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Lomberger, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. The area is known for low rainfall, cool climate, and limestone soil. Kiers also notes that they are blessed with a wide diurnal temperature range at Ox-Eye, allowing fruit to ripen without the acid dropping out. The vineyard site is tucked away into a pocket in the hills that doesn’t get as hot in the summer as many of the surrounding areas, so white grapes do particularly well there.

Tasting Notes

The Grüner brings notes of pineapple, lime and tea to complement the delicate citrus notes of the Riesling. Crisp acidity hits the palate quickly, followed by a juicy, mouthwatering finish. The first bottle we shared with friends didn’t last long, that’s for sure! Drink it cold on a warm day.

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