Lightwell Survey Hinterman, Shenandoah Valley 2018
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A blend of 59% Riesling and 41% Petit Manseng. Break out the summer dresses and gingham, this one’s a marigold in a glass. On first glance, the golden straw and silvery flecks resemble sunlight. The vanilla and lemon curd imply a deep wine, but you can also smell the wet river rocks and crisp chunky acidity. The palate is giving and lush while being full of vibrant, energetic acid. It's so tart it makes you squint, but the fruit is so generous it hardly hurts as much as you think. 93 cases produced.
Oxeye Vineyard in Swoope, grower John Kiers; Rosedale Vineyard in Stuarts Draft, grower Bill Tonkins
Stomped whole clusters for a short, soft maceration before whole cluster pressing both varieties together. A light settling to retain most of the juice lees and then co-fermented in neutral Hungarian and French oak 500L barrels. Aged for 14 months on the lees. Bottled 12/12/19 with no fining or tartrate stabilization.