The wine is a pale straw color. It’s slightly sweet leading to a rich mouthfeel along with aromas of pears, apples and almonds. It’s refreshing when served chilled on its own or with food. The wine should age, but is ready to be served now.
The grapes were hand picked early in the morning, crushed and then pressed into a stainless steel barrel for fermentation. The fermentation was halted with about 2% residual sugar. Bottling took place after 6 months of aging and sterile filtration (to retain the residual sugar).
Colombard, sometimes also referred to as French Colombard, is a white wine grape from the Loire Valley in France. It’s the offspring of Chenin blanc and Gouais blanc. It’s widely planted, but relatively unknown. Interestingly, one of the parents of Chardonnay is also Gouais blanc. The flavor profile of Colombard is almost like a cross between Chenin blanc and Chardonnay – stone fruit, tropical fruit and nuts. Colombard naturally retains good acidity making it well-suited to make fresh styled wines.