Fairhaven pushes ahead with the improved vinitfication of the Brilliant grape!
This wonderful Munson American Hybrid was winner of the Jefferson Cup National Wine Competition last year in Kansas City Mo. during its first appearance since the 1900’s. Fairhaven is producing this grape in a Beaujolais style carbonic masceration with the goal in mind of capturing the amazing fruit sweetness that this very tough hybrid can produce. The whole clusters are then pressed to release only the pure juice of the Brilliant.
For those of you who are following this developmental process you’ll notice the color difference this year. Our vineyard crew made the decision to let the grape hang a full two weeks longer than we did in 2015 and the result was just stunning. We were able transfer some of the wonderful hues that this Heritage demonstrates. These colors are best described as Rose/Peach with a distinct golden highlite.
The wine is just sublime with lilting notes of orange blossom, nectarine, and peach notes wrapped in soft natural sweetness. Served ice cold this wine is of the highest order of light refreshers!
This year marks the second developmental round for four other American Hybrids, so stay tuned to goings-on and the home of the Vine Cranks!