Free Your Mind | Wonder Werk - alcoholic, carbonic
Wonder Werk

Free Your Mind | Wonder Werk

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Vintage: 2020
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).

Production: 

  • 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.


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