2018 Sierra Bonita Mourvedre
Sierra Bonita Vineyard
TA: 5.5 g/L
Aged 6 months in 100% 4-year-old French (Billon Cooperage) oak barrels. Aged another 5 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We think there’s something special about Arizona Mourvedre and were pretty bummed when we didn’t have the production space for it in our first couple years. With its fresher acidity, complex red fruit, spice and slightly wild edge, Mourvedre is a great grape for Arizona (even if it does ripen a little late) and it’s perfect for Chateau Tumbleweed. This year, we sourced the varietal from three different vineyards and bottled small amounts of each wine separately to celebrate this versatile and enigmatic grape. This wine comes from a tiny planting on the Sierra Bonita Vineyard. The property sits in a slightly cooler area north of Willcox in Graham County and this is our first year working with this vineyard. We have been absolutely stunned at the remarkable stonefruit and lime characters of this wine. This is one of the most unique expressions we’ve seen in Mourvedre yet, and this is one of the coolest wines we made in 2018. It’ll be exciting to experiment with this grape at SBV again in the future! Only one barrel produced.
Willcox AVA – Graham County, AZ - 99% Mourvedre from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Oct. 4th - 1% Grenache from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 25th - Sugar at harvest: 23.6 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to an open-top, 3⁄4-ton bin. Lot was left ~25% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone2056). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
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