Division is an urban winery in Portland founded by Kate Norris and Tom Monroe. Grown on 45-year old vines at high elevation in the Yakima Valley, this Loire-inspired Chenin Blanc has a chalky mineral backbone with notes of lemon zest and a hint of cardamom.
We created a pied de cuve (early native ferment) with a small amount of grapes from the vineyard to build a strong yeast population from the native flora. The pressed juice was split between the heart of the press, which went directly into a stainless barrel and an a single oak barrel, with the rest being settled and fermented in neutral and one year old French oak barrels. The ferments took off right away this year and completed very quickly and going completely dry, the first time in our experience from this site. With the acidity being higher this year, we extended the lees ageing time an additional two months and bottled the wine unfiltered and unfined in June of 2020.