In early 2014 Matthew grafted the highest vines in the estate vineyard. He took Chenin Blanc cuttings from the Story Vineyard in Amador, the holy grail of California Chenin itself un-grafted. The extreme slope of the Chenin block in the Rorick Estate Vineyard dictates much of the yield and profile of each berry that it’s futile to take Brix and acidity measurements from just a few vines. Matthew picks the block with the intuition that the vineyard will balance itself and coalesce in the final wine.
Forlorn Hope Chenin Blanc Rorick Family Vineyard Download PDF
|Winery||Forlorn Hope Wines|
|Farming Practices||minimal impact|
|Soils||schist over vein of broken and porous, dolomite-rich limestone|
|Harvest Technique||by hand|
|Fermentation||pigeage (foot treading) before pressing / fermentation in stainless steel and neutral 400-500L puncheon / slow, 8 month fermentation|
|Maturation||11 months in neutral oak|