TESTALONGA

PAST WINES

2014 SKIN (CHENIN BLANC)

The grapes for this wine come from old Chenin Blanc bushvines planted on decomposed granite. The vineyard is South-West facing at 300m above sea level. Both these factors contribute to the wines inherent freshness. The grapes were fermented as whole berries (30% whole cluster, 70% destemmed) with wild yeasts and no temperature control. The wine was left on the skins for four weeks before being pressed into old 500l French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with a total sulphur count of 26ppm. 11.79% ABV (0.96 g/l VA)

                        787247

2015 SKIN (CHENIN BLANC)

This vintage of Skin comes from the same organic vineyard as the 2014. Leaves were left on the vine in the fruit zone for shading and to delay ripening. This led to better skin phenolics and acidity. The grapes were fully destemmed before spontaneous fermentation at ambient temperatures. The wine was pressed off after 21 days on the skins into large, neutral French oak. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered with less than 10ppm of SO2. 11% ABV (0.66 g/l VA) 

                      787250

 

CORTEZ (CHENIN BLANC)

These Chenin Blanc vines were planted in 1972 on decomposed granite with a high percentage of quartz and silica. Farmed organically since 2001, the Observatory Vineyard features bushvines planted on a South-East facing slope at 180m above sea level. The grapes are whole bunch pressed into old French oak for fermentation. Ambient yeasts carry out the fermentation and the final wine is bottled without fining nor filtration. The SO2 count is 18ppm. 12.3% ABV (0.63 g/l VA)

                    787253

BABY BANDITO (CARIGNAN)

This organic bushvine vineyard was planted in 2001 on North facing decomposed granite at 220m above sea level. Leaves are left on in the fruiting zone to protect the Carignan from sunburn. Whole bunches of large, juicy berries are lightly crushed and fermented on the skins for 8 days. The wine is then pressed off into a 3500l foudre. As always, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with a total SO2 of 26ppm. 12% ABV (0.61 g/l VA)

                   787255