Wonderwerk Free Your Body Skin Contact 2021
Orange wine! In 2021, we dialed up the acidity and captured more texture this year as Free Your Body took a float down the Sacramento River and unlocked a new level in the Wonderwerk portfolio: the Clarksburg AVA.
This corner of California exudes a vibe unlike any other part of the state, with rich alluvial soils, drawbridges, old country stores, and riverboat zoomers. The delta breeze provides a cooling effect to temper the warm summer days, creating the diurnal temperature shift that is critical to produce high-quality wine grapes.
Here we found a chalky Chenin blanc to lay the structural foundation, mellowing the loud fruit tones of Sauvignon blanc and harmonizing with the elegance of Pinot Gris. After a 21 day maceration (26 days for the Pinot), the grape skins were exhausted and the body was free to begin a new life as wine.
Pinot gris was picked at 19.4* Brix on August 12 and fermented whole cluster in picking bins with twice daily punchdowns. Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc were picked at 19.1* Brix on August 17, de-stemmed, and pumped to tank along with the mid-ferment Pinot gris. Long twice daily pump-overs were employed for a 21 day maceration. The lot was pressed to tank, briefly settled, and racked to neutral oak barrels where the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and aged 7 months in barrel.
This wine was produced without fining or filtration, with 20 ppm sulfur (KMBS) added at bottling.
795 cases produced