Hiyu Wine Farm, Tzum Moon Hill Farm II NV 750ml

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Hiyu Wine Farm
United States
Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir
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Personality: “It is a wine that is many wines at once. It’s in one sense and wild, unfiltered orange wine, with all the textural and umami-laden elements that accompany this. But it is also like a white burgundy. The notes of honey and lavender remind one of the Chablis and the rich texture and reductive characteristics of a very luxurious and long-lived Meursault or Corton Charlemagne. Finally, the long aging in barrel on the lees of many different vintages creates similarities between Sherry and vintage Champagne. It has the salty, nutty, oxidative depth of the formal and the celestial bread and custard-like essences of the latter.”

Vineyard: Sandy loam on basalt Moon Hill, a plot in a long-term lease right next to Hiyu farm that Nate & team takes care of. Planted in 2010.

Making of: An assemblage – solera of wines from the same plot from 2015 through 2020 vintages. The various vintages were first vinified and aged separately and represent a kaleidoscope of styles and ways of looking at the site – some with extended maceration on the skins, some directly pressed. The wines have been assembled in the spring 2021, in a series of 500-liter puncheons to further age together, with the aim of maintaining a kind of “Solera” system for this plot in the future. Bottled by hand, unfined, unfiltered, 5ppm of SO2 at bottling.

Winemaker's Note: “A two-acre vineyard adjacent to Hiyu–they were once part of the same turn-of-the-century farm and we have cared for the vines alongside ours since 2015. The parcel is planted to heirloom California Wente Farm Chardonnay clone, small clusters clone cuttings taken from Celilo vineyard on Underwood, and smaller amounts of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.”