Sunbreak shows a brilliant lemon-gold color and aromas of Asian pear-apple, white peach, honeydew melon, grapefruit, pear blossoms, honeysuckle, jasmine and lemon verbena. The flavors are deliciously juicy and vibrant, with notes of pear and grape skins, peach stone and gravelly minerals. The back picks up poire and pêche liqueurs, melon rind and grapefruit peel, followed by a crisp, faintly honeyed finish.
Silver Medal: Seattle Wine Awards
Silver Medal: Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival
Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 22.1%. The grapes were harvested October 11 and loaded into a pneumatic bladder press where the grapes were pressed “whole cluster” (they were not crushed or destemmed prior to pressing). After about two hours of gentle pressing, the Chenin Blanc juice was transferred to settling tanks for two days. We added QA-23 yeast and cool fermented in a stainless steel tank for 12 days. After heat and cold stabilization, Sunbreak was cross-flow filtered and bottled on March 20, 2020.
Food Pairing Notes
Sunbreak complements salads, fish, chicken, mild cheeses and sunbathing on the patio.