Free Your Mind | Wonder Werk
Varieties: 50% CARIGNAN - SANDY LANE VINEYARD (CONTRA COSTA COUNTY AVA, ANTIOCH, CA), 50% RIESLING - ZABALA VINEYARD (ARROYO SECO AVA, SOLEDAD, CA)
Alcohol: 12.0% by vol.
Free Your Mind is a chillable orange-red wine hybrid - a novel co-fermentation of skin-fermented Riesling and old vine carbonic Carignan.
The idea is to be more than the sum of the parts. At it’s core, Free Your Mind is an aromatic orange wine: a skin-fermented Riesling. When the Riesling begins to ferment, pressed carbonic Carignan is gradually blended in via pumpovers. Our goal was to conduct a layered extraction of Riesling skins; first in a water matrix (Riesling must, with little to no alcohol), followed by an alcohol matrix (mid-ferment Riesling, with pressed late-ferment carbonic Carignan).
Carignan was picked at 20.6° brix on august 18. Whole clusters underwent 2 weeks of carbonic maceration before being pressed to tank and fermented nearly dry.
Riesling was harvested at 20.4° brix on september 3, de-stemmed,and fermented on the skins with twice daily pumpovers and occasional punchdowns.
At approximately 1/3 brix depletion, Riesling pumpovers were instead conducted with pressed carbonic carignan, yielding a red riesling fermenation cap.
The pressed carbonic Carignan was integrated into the Free Your Mind cuveê over the course of one week.
Once dry, the wine was pressed to stainless steel tank, where it underwent malolactic fermentation.
Produced without fining or filtration, with 30 ppm sulfur (kmbs) added at bottling.