Wild Arc 'Aurora' Sparkling Wine [375ml Can]
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Press 4 White • July 2023 Direct Press Selection
Wild Arc have crafted an incredibly refreshing sparkling wine in a can from the highly disease resistant Aurore hybrid grape. Aurore is typically used as a bulk blending grape in New York State but Todd and Crystal knew they could craft a shining example from this hearty little grape, and golly have they! Grown at the Buzzard Crest Vineyard in the Finger Lakes this is Certified Organic fruit at it’s finest.
The grapes are whole cluster macerated for 24 hours before direct pressing into tank and left to sit undisturbed until it’s ready for packaging. They do not fine, filter, rack the wine at any point. The wine is then refermented in can to give a gentle effervescence.
This is such a refreshing white wine with a tiny bit of texture due to that 24 hours of maceration. The bouquet reminds me of pithy lemon marmalade, fresh orange and lime juice, and a hint of wild flowers. I have enjoyed this can both directly from the can and in a glass and it always gives me a flash of nostalgic flavors including pineapple and lime lifesavers, fleshy acidity, a slight saline and mineral character all while being a bit wild, rustic, and juicy at the same time. Jeremy Hernandez