Shell Creek Chenin Blanc
The winery was founded in 2006 by Chris Brockway who studied winemaking in California.
Today he produces wines from organic or biodynamic fruit in a decidedly hands-off fashion – natural ferments and no additions (save for the odd SO2 adjustment when required).
This year 100% of the grapes will be grown without using synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers.
Shell Creek Vineyard is located 20 miles from the town of Paso Robles. It has sandy top soil with calcareous fossilized seashells underneath. The vineyard was planted in 1972 by the Stinton Family (who has owned the property since the late 1800’s).
This Chenin Blanc is farmed without using any pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyard is in the process of getting certification for their farming practices.
The grapes are directly pressed and naturally fermented into 500L Puncheons made by Franz Stockinger from Austria. Chris uses a combination of one, two and three year old Stockinger Puncheons and ages the wine for 9 months with no filtration. 100% malolactic fermentation.
PRESS AND REVIEWS
90 points - Wilfred Wong, Wine.com, September 2018
The 2017 Broc Cellars Chenin Blanc speaks to us. This wine is brisk and earth-driven. Its aromas and flavours of dried earth, chalk, herbs, and tart citrus should make a beautiful pairing partner with pan-seared sea scallops.