Neu Cellars Breezy 2020
Regular price $33.00
Winemaker: John Keller
Appellation: Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
In late-September, the Chardonnay was hand harvested, lightly foot trod and pressed with stems into neutral oak barrel. It completed primary fermentation in 3 weeks. At this time, freshly-pressed, direct press Pinot Meunier was added as liqueur de tirage during bottling. The wine was then bottle aged for 5.5 months on the lees before it was disgorged by hand in mid-April.
At Neu Cellars, everything is spontaneously fermented, meaning only native yeast and native bacteria that exist on the grapes and in the cellar environment produce the wine. There are no additions or subtractions. If there were an ingredient label, it would read: grapes.
Michigan agriculture is the second most diverse in the nation next to, of course, California. There are 112 operating wineries in Michigan and the wine scene dates back to the 1800s. Like other regions in the US, prohibition set back the wine industry there and for a long time, most of the grapes grown went to the production of grape juice like Welch’s.