Neu Cellars, Crispy Old Mission Peninsula 2020
50% Chardonnay 50% Baco Noir
Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan, United States
From the distributor-
A father-son project. Neu is German, meaning new, fresh, or young. The goal of Neu Cellars is to produce a focused and sound product that utilizes Midwestern fruit. During this project, we have fallen in love with Michigan grapes after not having any sort of expectations. The benefit of experimenting in an untapped region is the guarantee of surprise.
The unnamed vineyard is situated towards the top-center of Old Mission Peninsula with approximately 3 acres of vines. The narrow nature of the peninsula, which is 3 miles at its widest point, allows for the bodies of water on all three sides to control the climate. Due to the characteristics of the landscape, the chance of frost is reduced. Harsh winter temperatures are offset by the large amount of snow, which protect the vines. The vines are organically grown, although not certified. Everything is hand-picked and sorted on-site.
Cool nights during growing season, no humidity, and a healthy breeze from Lake Michigan allow for organic growing practices in Northern Michigan.
In late September, the Chardonnay and 30-year-old Baco Noir were hand-harvested. Both varieties were direct pressed as whole clusters. The stainless tank was filled with a 50-50 ratio of Chardonnay and Baco Noir and the grapes then co-fermented spontaneously. Primary fermentation was complete in 3 weeks. It was allowed to age on the gross lees for 5 months, before racking and bottling. Unfined, unfiltered, unsulfured.