Winemaker: Rick Hall
Bottling Date: November 27, 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml bottle
Cases Bottled: 1,731 cases
Appellation : 100% Virginia Fruit
Varieties: Winesap; Pink Lady; Granny Smith;
% Non-Oak Aged: 100%
Alcohol percent by volume: 10.5%
Titratable acidity: 0.61 g/100ml as malic acid
Residual sugar: 6.2% (sweet)
The Saunders’ family has been growing fruit at Silver Creek Orchards since the mid 1800s. Planting their first grapes in 1999, they now grow about 50 acres of wine grapes and 250 acres of apples. Apples and grapes are grown on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County. Elevated exposures allows the early sun to dry off any morning dew, keeping the fruit safer from rot. The adjacent western mountains shade the fruit from the summer heat. With very rocky soil, even the heaviest rains infiltrate the soil but run off quickly, keeping the fruit hydrated but dry. The combination of rocky soil, eastern exposure, high elevation, cool nights and the Saunders family’s five generations of growing experience results in some of the finest fruit in Virginia.
About This Wine
Our Apple Wine is made from crisp and juicy Virginia apples. Bursting with the vibrant fruitiness of just-picked apples, this wine is sweet and smooth, light bodied, with a clean crisp finish.
Aroma: Fresh apples. Palate: Sweet, smooth, apple Finish: Crisp, refreshing. 100% Virginia apples. Serve chilled.
Food and Wine Paring
This wine is perfect with many foods, including pork dishes, game, poultry, barbecue, various cheeses like Cheddar and Gruyere, and assorted nuts. Alcohol 10.5%.
Best when consumed fresh, Sweet Mountain Apple may age for one year but we do not recommend aging it much longer. Keep at uniform temperature - best between 45-55º. Refrigerate after opening.
Silver Medal: 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal: 2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association