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Donkey & Goat Eliza White Blend 2016

White Wines

Donkey & Goat Eliza White Blend 2016

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Donkey & Goat Eliza White Blend 2016

50.00

Donkey & Goat’s "Eliza” is a scintillating blend of Clairette, Picpoul, Vermentino, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, sourced from the Barsotti Vineyard 2800 feet above sea level. 24 hours skin contact prior to pressing, fermented in one year old and neutral oak barrels. It remained there sur lie for 10 months, bottled with one small sulphur addition, no filtration or fining.

This wine encapsulates the Barsotti vineyard, incorporating all the cultivars that were planted there in 2010. Elegantly earthy nose shown off by beautiful floral notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, lemongrass, oolong tea, and a whiff of sage. Texturally complex as you start to recognize the components of each varietal and the skin contact. Fruitiness of white peaches, apricots and golden delicious apples, with a bit of muscle influenced by its salinity and nutty notes of cashew and marzipan. 

Donkey & Goat were part of the original new wave natural wine scene at the turn of the millennium.  From their home base in downtown Berkeley they passionately advocate for minimal intervention winemaking, devoted to producing wine that meets their own environmental objectives. Since having their first child, they have abandoned all plastic at home, and this is as close to a plastic free winery as one can get. All ferments, however small, take place in wooden vats, and wines stay sur lie in old barrels until bottling. They pick early, basing their selection on acid and flavour, and all wines ferment spontaneously. Looking for lower alcohol, they work with several vineyards in cooler areas, although they very much so see alcohol as a by-product to using natural yeasts and working naturally. Wines are rarely filtered, and if so, they are labelled accordingly. Hand harvested grapes, SO2 (at bottling).  If only everything were so simple!

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