Kelley Fox Nerthus 2020
Kelley Fox Wines
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Willamette Valley A.V.A.
Wine Type White - Still
Varietals old vine early Muscat, Pinot Gris
Vineyard Early Muscat (franc de pied vines planted in 1982 at Eola Springs Vineyard). Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris (1991 franc de pied). Weber Vineyard Pinot Gris (franc de pied 1983.
Soil Weber and Maresh are Jory soils. This is a silt, loam and clay, Volcanic soil. Red in color. Eola Springs soil is rocky.
Viticulture Vines planted above 350 feet. Exposition varies depending on plots.
Vinification All fruit was hand-picked. About 75% of the Early Muscat fruit was pressed as whole clusters. The rest, including all of the Pinot gris, was destemmed into small fermentors and pigeage in those fermenters was done one time per day. The whole cluster pressed Early Muscat fermented in a stainless-steel tank. After less than seven days, the free run of all fermentors was moved into the Early Muscat tank. Kelley did not use any of the press wines this year. The Nerthus was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. Élevage was in a stainless tank until bottling.
Aging Aged 4 months in stainless steel tank.
Production 515 cases
Notes "mostly of old vine Early Muscat. All of the skin-contact free run of Maresh and Weber Vineyard Pinot Gris 2020 is in there, so the Nerthus is a pale peachy pink. Bone dry, ML-complete. The Nerthus has delightful, pale rosy pink colour with hints of peach and a brilliant transparency. The nose is full of fresh peach and apricot notes with floral and mineral notes. Though bone dry, there is mouth-watering peach and apricot fruit that is carried nicely by the racy acidity. This alpine-fresh wine is a joybringer."
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