Illahe Estate Grüner Veltliner 2020
2020 was a year of determination, perseverance, and thoughtful decisions on the crush pad. In the vineyard we were faced with a lower crop yield than a typical vintage due to spring rain during bloom. This in turn gave us smaller clusters, quality berries and more complex flavors.
We have a 1.5 acre parcel of Grüner Veltliner on our Estate vineyard. These cuttings came from an original planting Lowell Ford planted in the 80’s on our family farm in West Salem. Those original cuttings came over in a friends suitcase from Austria. In 2020 we pressed this fruit with no skin soaking. After a gentle pressing we then ferment 30% of the juice in acacia barrels to increase texture and mouthfeel and the remainder in stainless.