PRODUCTION NOTES: Chardonnay is one the hardiest grape varieties we grow in northern Michigan, often thriving more so than even Riesling in this cool, coastal climate. There are many diverse wine styles that can be made from Chardonnay, all stemming from how the fruit is grown. The stainless steel aging style has risen in the Traverse coast region due to its ability to reach a broader audience and the ability to make a consistent style regardless of vintage variation. The Fruit was pressed lightly for the cleanest juice possible for a fermentation that could exaggerate fruit notes that are often suppressed in other Chardonnay styles. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: The wine is much brighter than its barrel fermented cousin, showing more of the actual potential fruit in Chardonnay. A subtle swirl of Key Lime, Bartlett Pear, and Jonagold Apple construct the aromatic profile of the wine. Its acid is balanced with a natural sweetness to build the body for a palate that doesn’t try to be overly pretentious. The flavors are driven toward a style reminiscent of a quiet Sauvignon Blanc.
PRODUCTION: Pressed light, fermented cool and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.
100% Leelanau Peninsula, Baia Estate Vinyard, Leelanau County