100% Estate Pinot Gris, Stainless steel-aged. Full of lemon, pear, apricot, & kiwi with a bit of minerality. Named for the granddaughter of the winery, much like Casanel is a merging of Casey & Nelson; Ellianna is named after her parents Elliotte and Anna.
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Our “Ellianna” Pinot Gris is made from 100% estate grapes from Casanel Vineyards. After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, our grapes were gently transported into small lugs and then stored for one night in a cold room. The day after, the grapes were sorted again on a sorting table before pressing. Cold-settling occurred for one night, followed by a unique two stage fermentation process. The first stage took place after racking the clarified juice into the fermentation vessel and was inoculated with Alpha yeast (torulaspora delbruekii), which releases aromas and creates organoleptic diversity. After 48 hours of activity from the Alpha yeast, the juice was inoculated with our typical saccharomyces cervisiae yeast, VL3, and the normal procedure for alcoholic fermentation was carried out in the single stainless-steel tank. Following fermentation, the wine was aged entirely in stainless steel. In February, we proceeded to protein stabilize and cold stabilize before hand-bottling on the Estate in March.
TASTING & FOOD PAIRING NOTES
Pear — honeysuckle — kiwi — white peach — lime zest – hint of minerality – fresh and crispy
Lighter dishes – goes well with seafood, chicken, lighter meats like pork – fresh or hard cheese
Vintage Year: 2019
Vineyard: 100% Casanel Vineyard – 100% Estate Appellation: AVA Middleburg
Composition: 100% Pinot Gris Clone: 146 & 52 (Cert) Rootstock: 101-14
Average Vine Age: 11 years
Harvest Date: 08/22/19
Bottling Date: 03/28/2020
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Yeast: Alpha (TD) + VL3
Alcohol: 13.0% vol.
Residual Sugar: < 0.03 g/l in glucose-fructose
Aging: 100% Stainless Steel
Aging Time: 7 months
Cases Produced: 92 cases
Cellaring: Enjoy it now to 2022 – Drink it while young and fresh (light-medium body wine)