2013 Petite Colline
Every year at Chankaska, the Petite Colline is the first wine we make. The Edelweiss and Brianna grapes in the blend are the very first grapes we pick. If those grapes are good, the rest of the wine just falls into place naturally. It’s the first wine we fall in love with every year, the first bright star in the evening sky.
Once again, a small portion of the wine, the Prairie Star, was fermented and aged in neutral oak to add creaminess and complexity. Each lot of grapes is harvested and fermented separately, with the final blend coming together in early winter. Gently filtered prior to bottling, we bottle the wine early in order to preserve its bright and fresh nature. In this, our third edition, we added the cold-climate grape, Petite Amie, which is known for its strong floral notes.
In the glass, the wine has aromas of peaches and pears, tropical notes of pineapple and coconut water, and wonderful floral nuances of apple blossom and rose petals. In the mouth, the wine is a delight; fresh, crisp, clean and intense with a scintillating edge of acidity balanced nicely against a slightly sweet and clean finish.
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, New York