2022 Outward Shell Creek Vineyard Skin-Contact Chenin Blanc Paso Robles, USA
Planted in 1971, Shell Creek Vineyard is among the first vineyards planted in San Luis Obispo County. The vineyard is located in the Paso Robles Highlands District and is organically farmed by the sixth generation Sinton family of California farmers. Since 2013, Daniel Sinton has been carefully overseeing the Shell Creek Vineyard and cattle of the Avenales and Canyon Ranches.
This remote vineyard sits beneath limestone cliffs featuring marine fossils after which the vineyard was named. Though located in a warmer part of the Paso Robles area, the climate also provides wide diurnal temperature shifts that drastically cool the vines overnight.
The Chenin Blanc was harvested by hand at 18.8 Brix. The grapes were 100% de-stemmed and fermentation was carried out with native yeast on the skins for 10 days. The ferments were then pressed to tank, the wine rested in tank for one night, then was moved to neutral oak barrels where it underwent a native malolactic fermentation.
After 7 months in neutral oak, the wine was bottled with minimal sulfur and without fining or filtration in April 2023.
The 2022 Shell Creek Skin Contact Chenin Blanc is orange in color and has flavors and aromas of candied ginger, almond, brûléed pineapple, and rustic umami tones.
- Country United States
- Region California
- Appellation Paso Robles
- Style White Wine, Orange Wine
- Producer Outward
- Farming Practices Organic
- Grapes Chenin Blanc
- Food Pairings Stinky Cheese, Roast White Meats, Crunchy Greens, Aperitif
- Characteristics Wild Side, West Coast, Flexes w/ Food, Acid Head, Bright and Fresh