White flowers, sunflower, nougat, white chocolate, citrus and tropical fruit all equally present and in their place. It’s a fascinating combination of flavour and textures.
The 2017 Queen of the Sierra white estate blend was grown on the Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Calaveras County at 2000’ elevation, featuring soils comprised of a layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone. Composed primarily of Verdelho, Muscat, and Chardonnay, the wine shows all of the aromatic complexity and textural presence that are the hallmarks of wines grown on the limestone of this estate.
Hand-picked. The Verdelho and Muscat were foot-trod before pressing and co-fermenting in an open-top tank. The Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral 400L puncheon. Racked and blended together. Bottled unfined after 6 months in oak. As with all Forlorn Hope wines, no new oak is used, and nothing was added to the must or wine (no cultured yeast, ML bacteria, water, tartaric acid, enzymes, nutrients, etc) with the exception of minimal effective SO2.
Fragrant, floral and lemony scents, some green mango, talc-minerally scents too. Juicy and lightly creamy feel in texture, ripe stone fruits the flavour, lovely as, soft creamy yeasty notes carrying through and a neat, waxy finish. Texture, personality. This is great drinking. GREAT. 93 Points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront