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2023 Sunbreak Chenin Blanc
Wine Specs
Vintage
2023
Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Appellation
Snipes Mountain
Vineyard Designation
Upland
Harvest Date
September 18
Sugar
23.0
Acid
6.9 g/L
pH
3.59
Aging
6 months in stainless steel tank
Fermentation
11 days in stainless steel tank
Bottling Date
March 26, 2024
Residual Sugar
0%
Alcohol %
12.9

2023 Sunbreak Chenin Blanc

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/ 750 mL
SKU: 23SUNBREAK

Our 15th vintage of Sunbreak has a brilliant lemon-gold color and aromas of Asian pear, white peach, honeydew melon, grapefruit, pear blossoms, honeysuckle, jasmine and lemon verbena. The flavors are 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. 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Awards
Pacific NW Wine Competition (Silver)
Vineyard Notes
Originally planted by William B. Bridgman in 1917, Upland Vineyard is widely considered the birth place of Washington Wine. Today that original vineyard is still bearing fruit and the vine’s longevity is a testament to the favorable weather conditions bestowed upon the mountain. Our Chenin Blanc was planted on its own roots in 1979 and is considered an "old vine" wine. The block of Chenin Blanc is small, located about 1200 foot elevation on the south side of Snipes Mountain.
Production Notes
Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 23.0%. The grapes were harvested September 18 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 13 days. After heat stabilization, Sunbreak was cross-flow filtered and bottled on March 26, 2024.
Food Pairing Notes
Sunbreak complements salads, fish, chicken, mild cheeses and sunbathing on the patio.
Production
67 cases
Wine Specs
Vintage
2023
Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Appellation
Snipes Mountain
Vineyard Designation
Upland
Harvest Date
September 18
Sugar
23.0
Acid
6.9 g/L
pH
3.59
Aging
6 months in stainless steel tank
Fermentation
11 days in stainless steel tank
Bottling Date
March 26, 2024
Residual Sugar
0%
Alcohol %
12.9