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2019 Black Spark

2019 Black Spark

Norton
VA - Loudoun - Middleburg
$38.00 / 750 mL

  • Alcohol 10.00%
  • pH 3.31
  • Bottling Date 12/2020
WINEMAKING NOTES
Our Black Spark sparkling wine is made from 100% Norton grapes from our estate produced in the Méthode Champenoise winemaking style. After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, our grapes were gently transported into small lugs and then stored for one night in a cold room. The day after, the grapes were sorted again on a sorting table before being pressed with a specific sparkling pressing program: only the “tails” (final, and strongest press fraction) from the press was used to make this sparkling. Cold-settling occurred for three nights and then alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tank. This base wine was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. In October of the following year, the base wine underwent secondary fermentation in bottle after the addition of yeast, nutrients for the yeast, and sugar. The bottling was done by hand and the bottles were stored in layers via wire cage to be aged on lees. 5 weeks later, we proceeded to manually disgorge (or “remove”) the yeasts precipitate (or “lees”) from the bottles and then added a dosage liquor to each bottle (the dosage liquor contained a high concentration of sugar to result in a final product at 15 g/l). We then completed bottling by replacing the capsule closure with natural cork and wire by hand on the estate on December 10, 2020.

TASTING NOTES
deep red color – pomegranate – velvety texture – silky bubble structure – candy nose – purple blossoms
FOOD PAIRING
anything chocolate! – sharp or hard cheeses – pizza – sweet and salty combinations

PRODUCTION DETAILS
Vintage Year: 2019
Vineyard: 100% Casanel Vineyard – 100% Estate Appellation: AVA Middleburg
Composition: 100% Norton
Average Vine Age: 11 years
Harvest Date: 09/04/19
Bottling/Tirage Date (for secondary fermentation in bottles): 10/30/2020
Disgorging Date: 12/10/2020
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Yeast: Spark
ML: 100% pH: 3.31 Alcohol: 10.0% vol.
Residual Sugar: 15 g/l in glucose-fructose (added with dosage/expedition liquor) = 1.5% RS (Demi Sec)
Aging: 100% Stainless Steel
Aging Time: months (11 months in tank, followed by 5 weeks aging on lees in bottle)
Cases produced: 22 cases
Cellaring: Enjoy it now to 2022– Drink it while young and fresh (sweet, light-medium body wine)

Notes

Our Black Spark sparkling wine is made from 100% Norton grapes from our estate produced in the Méthode Champenoise winemaking style. After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, our grapes were gently transported into small lugs and then stored for one night in a cold room. The day after, the grapes were sorted again on a sorting table before being pressed with a specific sparkling pressing program: only the “tails” (final, and strongest press fraction) from the press was used to make this sparkling. Cold-settling occurred for three nights and then alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tank. This base wine was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. In October of the following year, the base wine underwent secondary fermentation in bottle after the addition of yeast, nutrients for the yeast, and sugar. The bottling was done by hand and the bottles were stored in layers via wire cage to be aged on lees. 5 weeks later, we proceeded to manually disgorge (or “remove”) the yeasts precipitate (or “lees”) from the bottles and then added a dosage liquor to each bottle (the dosage liquor contained a high concentration of sugar to result in a final product at 15 g/l). We then completed bottling by replacing the capsule closure with natural cork and wire by hand on the estate on December 10, 2020.

Winemaker Name

Katie DeSouza Henley & Tyler Henley

Vineyard Name

Casanel Vineyards