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The 2017 Pied de Cuve Chardonnay is an intense wine with aromas of butter and nut, stone fruit and lemon. The palate is rich textured yet fresh with racy mineral acidity and more butter and hazelnut along with complex blood orange, lemon and grapefruit citrus notes and a very long, salty, wet stone mineral finish.
Vintage & Production:
Pied de Cuve are Little Farm's natural wines that receive almost no intervention from start to finish and are therefore a pure reflection of the place, the grape and the vintage. Pied de Cuve is a technique to start a fermentation using only the yeasts that are naturally occurring on the skin of the grapes. About a week before harvest we picked a bucket of grapes, crushed it by foot and left it to ferment in the vineyard. It is kept in the vineyard and away from the winery so the grapes' own yeast can start the fermentation, rather than in the winery where ambient yeast living in the winery from previous vintages could take over the fermentation.
The 2017 vintage was well suited to high quality Chardonnay. A moderate vintage with an extended fall allowed for a long growing season with plenty of flavour intensity in the grapes. The grapes are organically farmed in the mineral rich, calcium carbonate soils of the home Mulberry Tree Vineyard in Cawston, Similkameen Valley. Three clones are used (76, 95 & 548) and our winemaking is hands off, using old neutral barrels and lees aging to give texture and complexity. The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed to old, neutral French oak barrels, fermented with wild yeast and aged on the lees for 10 months before bottling in August 2018.