100% Albariño - Enchanted Rock Vineyards, Texas Hill Country
100% Albariño sourced from vines at Enchanted Rock Vineyard north of Fredericksburg. (Near Enchanted Rock State Park) Planted in 2015 in alluvial clay soil over limestone gently sloping towards nearby Crabapple creek. The grapes were hand-harvested at night by our crew before. Normally we would load white and rosé grapes into the press whole clusters intact (no destemming), but with Albariño in good vintages we destem the clusters and let the skins soak in the juice for a few hours before pressing. The skins of Albariño grapes contain many aromatic compounds, as well as adding a little textural component to the wine. 2018's vintage was dominated by a La Niña pattern, resulting in slightly lower yields and more ripeness than 2017.