Overall we saw a cool and longer growing season than last vintage, which ran until early October. With the cooler overall temps for the region the grapes got to hang for an extra 3 weeks compared to 2020. But still very little rain gave us a little more concentration of the fruit.
The grapes were hand harvested at night and brought to the winery in the early morning. We dump the fruit into the bladder press and run the press cycle for about 3 hours. The pressed juice is pumped directly to a steel tank and settles for two days. It is racked to neutral French oak barrels for fermentation. We let the juice naturally ferment over the course of 5-6 weeks. Around the three week mark, we consolidate the four barrels down to three. From here we top every two weeks and let the wine evolve. After 4 months, we add a small amount of Sulfur to freeze the Chenin in time. This will stop/ slow down the oxidation of the wine and let it evolve just a bit more in barrel up until bottling. After being in barrel for 7 months, we rack the wine to tank and bottle unfined and unfiltered.
Smelly Smell- Lemon Rind, Zippy Mandarin, Citrus Tart
Tasty Taste- Laser Beams, Limed-Stones, Apricot Pit
24 cases produced
Small amounts of Sulfur was added at month 5, 6, 7 and just before bottling
No stirring of the barrels
Minimal Intervention Winemaking - Less Is More
The RZN (reason) Wines name sake comes from two different aspects: The first is simple, each of our family's first names:
The second part comes from my (Nate's) passion for skateboarding.
It was one of those things the parents thought I would grow out of, but it just never stopped.
So coming up with a name, it was a no brainer, put my most passionate things together...
Family & Skateboarding
Our goal at RZN (reason) is very simple,
Less Is More.
We want to showcase the amazing nuances that nine grapes have to offer and do it by doing less.
Less chemicals in the vineyard, less additions in the winery,
less manipulation on all fronts.
Other than wine, we also try do our best to practice
Less Is More in our everyday life.
By applying this idea to our life, we hope future generations will get to enjoy everything we do today.