Basel Cellars Chenin Blanc

We were fortunate in 2016 to be able to source some Old Vine Chenin Blanc from McKinley Springs Vineyard in the majestic Horse Heaven Hills. These vines were some of the very first to be planted in 1981 by the Andrews family and after 35 years they are still producing some stellar fruit. We harvested our Chenin at a certain target brix, along with desirable flavor profile and about 10% of the fruit under-ripe or green. The green berries added a substantial amount of bright acidity and structure during fermentation and complemented the majority of the ripe, tropical fruit. 90% fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures to elevate the revealing fruit notes in the wine, resembling the New World style. 10% fermented in stainless steel barrels, at a higher temperature, similar to the Old World and finished malolactic fermentation after 3 months. These barrels brought richness, weight and viscosity to the end result.