A blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne from El Dorado in California. The 2016 Smithereens is a balanced, medium-bodied expression of a blend, with just the right amount of structure, acid, and fruit.
Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem is a rich and characterful Cotes du Rousillon from Chapoutier. The wine has aromas of ripe nectarine and apricot on the nose with delicate notes of peach blossom and white flowers. The palate has a crisp, fresh acidity, balanced by the roundness of the Grenache blanc.
A Rhone style white from Franco Lourens, assistant winemaker to Chris Alheit. This is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Verdelho, Roussanne and Chenin from the Western Cape, whole bunch pressed and fermented in old French oak. Rich and expressive with ripe citrus, stone fruit and floral notes. The palate has a crisp acidity with weight and texture.
The white grapes were pressed before the fermentation started at 18°C. The wine was fortified using natural grape spirit, which caused the fermentation to stop and left a sweet wine with 16% alcohol, relatively light in alcohol for a fortified wine. The wine was then aged for seven years in old, large oak barrels.