Enfield Wine Co., 2018 XB 02 Jurassic Park Chenin Blanc
From the famous X2 block at Jurassic Park, these own-rooted vines were planted in 1978 on sandy limestone soils in the coastal Santa Ynez Valley.
½ The grapes were de-stemmed and fermented on the skins for 2
weeks, the other ½ went directly to press and was fermented in neutral 500L oak
puncheons. Both lots underwent full ML fermentation and were aged for 10
months in puncheon. The wines were blended and bottled unfined & unfiltered.
Notes from winemaker John Lockwood:
My original intent was to bottle a 100% skin fermented Chenin as the 2nd
bottling in our XB series, but tasting in the cellar I preferred the 50/50 blend. The
acidity from the “white wine” Chenin brightened and gave lift to the skin ferment
in a way that I felt enhanced its intensity. In bottle, the wine shows the explosive
aromatics of a skin ferment, but remains nimble and energetic on the palate.
tangerine peel, rose hips, beeswax, fresh peppercorn, intense up front with a crisp rainwater finish.