Chambourcin is our oldest vineyard, planted in 1998. Chambourcin is a hybrid grape variety of French and American grape origin. No one knows the exact parentage of the grape, but it is grown in many places, especially Eastern US and the Hunter Valley in Australia. We have lots of flexibility in making wine with Chambourcin and over the 20 vintages, we think we are finally figuring out some of the crazy nuances with this grape and how to take advantage of each growing season on how to approach the wine.
With delicious fruit, nice tannins, good oak, and good acid, we have a lovely red wine that you can enjoy now or age for at least 10 years.
This estate bottled wine was made using a common practice for pinot noir. After fermenting the red wine on the skins, we pumped the wine directly into the press. After pumping as much wine out of the press that we can, we then commence with shoveling the grape skins and seeds into the press, then turn on the press and mix the pressed wine with the free run wine. That’s how we normally do it. For higher end pinot noir some of that free run wine as it is called is transferred to its own tank or directly into barrels for aging. This chambourcin is free run red wine, aged a mere two months in new American oak barrels for a subtle oak finish. The fruit is pure chambourcin, and this red is very easy to drink and is quite enjoyable with lots of the classic cranberry and dark cherry notes. Long, lingering finish with superb tannins which are up front and well layered into the wine
Vintage 2021| Varietal Chambourcin | Appellation: Indiana Uplands / Pfeiffer Vineyards
Acid 0.76 | PH 3.58| Alcohol % 12.42
Aging: American oak barrels
Price: $20 per bottle