Floral Terranes Chardonnay, North Fork of Long Island 2021
Two Long Island natives, Erik and Benford, have been slowly and quietly searching out this landscape, using Erik’s 18th century home in Rosyln as their base and (literally) garage winery. Using backyards vineyards farmed organically by locals and natural methods in their winemaking, Floral Terranes is a winery to look out for future vintages. Their production is tiny so run, don't walk.
The grapes come from Matta Bella in Southold, Long Island. The wine sees about a week's skin contact before going into barrel. It went though some reduction early on and so full speed racking happened here to get some oxygen in the wine. The palate is full, rounded with some delicate notes of honeyed melon
Grape: Chardonnay (with skin contact)