2013 Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur Savagnin
Defying convention and looking to the great Vin Jaune wines of the Jura region in France for inspiration this wine was whole bunched pressed to old French barriques before natural fermentation and malolactic conversion. Following ferment the barrels were moved to a well ventilated shed (away from the winery proper) where conditions were perfect for the gradual growth of the flor yeast on the surface of the increasingly ullaged barrels. Amazingly this wine has not been topped or received any sulphur additions for its entire 4 year ageing period, relying solely on the protective properties of the yeast voile to avoid excessive oxidation. Bottling took place in February of 2017 without any filtration, fining, stabilization or the addition of SO2.
Truly the product of an age old process the resultant wine displays many of the desired nutty aldehyde characters that can be expected after prolonged ageing under flor. While the ageing process plays a major role in its unique characters, it’s the Savagnin grape that truly defines this wine with a vibrant core of acidity and abundant varietal traits of preserved lemons both on the nose and palate.