Planted in 1971, Shell Creek Vineyard is among the first vineyards planted in San Luis Obispo County. This remote vineyard of the Paso Robles Highlands District sits beneath limestone cliffs featuring marine fossils after which the vineyard was named.
The 2022 Shell Creek Chenin Blanc was harvested on August 20, 2022. The grapes were foot- stomped and soaked on the skins for 24 hours before pressing. The juice was then settled overnight and racked to neutral oak barrels where it underwent a native yeast fermentation and then aged for 10 months without disturbing the lees. Minimal sulfur was added for stability before bottling without fining or filtration in July 2023.
This Creek Chenin Blanc features aromas of apricot, candied ginger, quince, pear, and marked minerality. The additional time in barrel compared to our Cat Canyon gives this Chenin richer mouth feel while remaining light on its feet.