In 2014, we were presented with gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc fruit, as well as our Semillon, both of which are grown here on the Brander estate. For this year’s Cuveé Nicolas, we blended these two varieties together (85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon), then rested a portion of it in French oak, resulting in a wine loaded with character and complexity. A fascinating nose of tropical fruit, citrus zest, and honeysuckle flows into a wild palate of white peach, bee’s wax, and key lime.
Cases Produced: 350
Vineyard Sources: 100% Los Olivos Vineyard
Composition: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon
Harvest Dates: Sauvignon Blanc: August 27th - September 9th; Semillon, Brix: 24.7 -25.1; ph:3.45-3.60
Chemistry: Sauvignon Blanc, Brix: 23.9-25.1; pH: 3.30-3.40, Semillon, Brix: 24.7-25.1 ; pH: 3.45-3.60
Winemaking: Fermented and aged in 100% French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, with the remainder in neutral oak.
Optimal drinking window: 2015- 2020