2018 Barbie Pinot Blanc

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2018 Barbie Pinot Blanc

35.00

This is a tiny bottling of Pinot blanc produced in memory of Gerson’s and my mom. She always loved white wine, and left us far too early just before Christmas in 2016. She was an academically trained fine artist, and the front label was taken from an abstract she painted. Each vintage will have a different painting of hers. The Barbie Pinot Blanc is produced from Freedom Hill Vineyard, and it was fermented in a single, once-filled Acacia wood puncheon. As with the Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Blanc, this is true, 100% Pinot blanc: there is no Auxerrois in this bottling. Produced much the same way as one would produce Chardonnay, this Pinot blanc was whole cluster-pressed after picking. After settling in tank for a couple of days, the juice was racked to the Acacia puncheon for un-inoculated primary and secondary (malolactic) fermentation. This wine is dry and finished with a pH of 3.25. More pale yellow in colour than the Freedom Hill bottling, this transparent and shining wine has a fresh nose that to me, feels like an alpine white in character with powdery minerals. It is focused, precise, and while less round than the Freedom Hill, is showing slightly tropical fruit and a creamy character. The Barbie 2018 builds lovely, high-toned tension in the palate towards the finish. I believe this is the impact of the Acacia. The mouth and finish have no heaviness or gravity whatsover, making this wine a stealthily fleet-footed, racy, long and clean Pinot blanc, and if it were an animal, it would be a snow leopard.  

Appellation: Willamette Valley A.V.A.
Picking Date: 28 September 2018 
Barrels:  fermentations (primary and malolactic) and élevage in once-filled Acacia tree puncheon (500L)
Bottling Date: 7 April 2019 
Alcohol: 13.5 % 
Cases Produced: 48

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