Margins Wine | 2019 Chenin blanc | Massa Vineyard | Carmel Valley
Varietal: 100% Chenin blanc Brix at harvest: 20.5 Production: 62 cases
AVA: Carmel Valley Vineyard: Massa Vineyard
Farming: Certified organic since 1996
Whole cluster pressed to stainless steel tank for fermentation. Aged in stainless steel for four months. Native fermentation, no fining, no filtration, no other modifications or additions except 20 ppm of sulfur dioxide the week before bottling.
Massa Vineyard overlooks the rugged Cachagua (“Hidden Waters”) region of Carmel Valley at 1200-1500 feet in elevation. Nine different varietals over 88 acres of vineyards were planted by the Durney family around 1968. In the mid-1990s the property was purchased by the Heller family, who were pioneers of organic grape growing in Carmel Valley. The property is now owned by the Massa family, who continue to prioritize organic farming. I am thrilled to be one of few people working with the three acres of these old Chenin blanc vines, which are now managed by Ian Brand.
After working with Clarksburg Chenin for the past four years--a totally different climate--it was fun for me to take this Chenin in another direction. The wine was more supple to begin with, which allowed me to omit lees stirring and let the wine remain in stainless steel throughout its lifetime before bottling.