Our newest wine, Dragonfly Nouveau is slated for release this November and is being made using carbonic maceration, the traditional fermentation method used in Beaujolais. When using standard fermentation the grapes are crushed then yeast is pitched to begin fermentation. In carbonic maceration, whole berries are fermented in an anaerobic environment (an environment without oxygen) rich with carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide initiates fermentation in each grape. This means most of the juice is fermented while still inside the berry. The grapes at the bottom of the tank are an exception. These grapes will experience traditional fermentation as they are crushed by the weight of the clusters on top of them. A low tannin, fruity wine is the result.
Our premier vintage of Dragonfly Nouveau will be made using this traditional method on Marquette, a cold climate grape variety featured in many of our red wines. Following with the Beaujolais Nouveau standard, this wine will be available on the third Thursday (the 15th) of November. It makes the perfect addition to harvest festivities, including your Thanksgiving table. This special, limited release wine will not last long, be sure to enjoy your bottle before the end of the year.