This wine is made from the Aurora Vineyard in the mountains of the Batroun district in North Lebanon grown in terraces made of argillic soil at an altitude of 900 meters. The number of grape clusters is tightly controlled to keep only 10-12 Grape clusters per vine Aurora Crystal is made of pure Chardonnay with an annual production of only 1000 bottles.
Grape harvest is made by hand, typically the last week of August. The goal is to pick at a sugar content and maturity levels that would provide an optimal juice density and preserve the natural acidity and the freshness of the grapes. Grapes are squeeze-crushed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and Sulfite (SO2) is added immediately after primary fermentation is completed to avert malolactic fermentation. The wine is fined, filtered, and bottled approximately 4 months after harvest.
The color is pale, bright and clear. The nose is intense with typical dry fruit, and a discrete note of white fruit and flowers that bring a variety of aromatic herbs and light spices. The attack is thick and fruity followed by a voluminous mouthfeel, and a long dry and spicy finish.
- Harvest Dates: August 19, 2016
- Harvest Brix: 23
- Total Acidity: 4.8 g/l
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Total Sulfur Dioxide: 67.9 mg/l
- Volatile acidity: 0.52 g/l
- Final Blend: Chardonnay
- Bottling Date: November 29, 2016
- Production: 83 Twelve pack cases
- Categories: Aurora, Chardonnay, Featured Bottle Product ID: 5410